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I'm in the middle of heavy housecleaning and reorg, to be followed by… 
10th-Sep-2012 12:01 pm
I'm in the middle of heavy housecleaning and reorg, to be followed by writing prep so I can launch into writing time tomorrow. So for now you get Link Soup!

* The Greak Geek Sexism Debate. Compare and contrast Readercon, The Amazing Meeting, and DefCon. (I'm surprised PAX isn't there.)

* For those who missed it, DragonCon ticket money still goes to co-founder and serial child molester Ed Kramer. If you go to DragonCon, you are directly contributing to Kramer's six-figure income. I really need you to be aware of that.

* N.K. Jemisin has some Things People Need to Understand. I was going to quote from it, but really you just need to read the whole thing.

* The proto-rapists of OKCupid.

And on the bright side, the US Department of Justice has finally released the first-ever national standards aimed at ending sexual abuse in detention, as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. Check it.


Judah finally built the storage cubbies for my office, and I have gone through All the Things and organized them and it is all set up! <3 We also did a lot of attic cleaning and organization, and then there was a party, and I took a knitting class, and oh yeah before all that there was a Frank Turner concert. Everything is jumbled up together, and my voice is raspy because of concert and party and also because the attic dust has messed with my lungs, whee.

I will be visiting my Florida family Friday-Monday. Yes, I'm dreading it, but my parents tried to extend the visit to a full week, which - no. I lost my entire summer of worktime. I cannot lose the entirety of next week. Bad enough I only get three workdays this week and four next. No. Plus I doubt I can make it through a week in South Florida without getting glutened. So Friday-Monday isn't terrible, comparatively.

Right, then. More house stuff!
10th-Sep-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Off to read the tasty, crunchy links.

And argh. I did not realize that the money still went to him. Overseas friends (who almost certainly have no idea) visit for Dragon*Con, and I was toying with the idea of trying to get there next year to see them... but no. Just no. I doubt I can convince them to come to Arisia, but maybe they'd be willing to come to Gallifrey instead.
10th-Sep-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
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10th-Sep-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
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10th-Sep-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sending you best wishes for the Florida visit - small doses of family can be best sometimes.
10th-Sep-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I tried to post this once and the page jammed. This gave me a chance to rethink myself write a more effective response.

I read the link from N.K. Jemisin and the Great Geek Sexism Debate link. Perhaps the gods have been encouraging me to get out of con life because it had been stalling my growth.

I'm annoyed that some of these sexist schmucks have decided cons are their sofa-pillow fortresses against eww icky girls, eww icky laws and eww icky behaving themselves. However I don't plan to yell at them from the Internet because it's not getting me anywhere. It just leaves me frustrated.

I am even more annoyed that skeptics and atheists are up to the same crap. I've been a heathen since 1988. I have a copy of the first issue of Skeptic magazine, signed by James Randi (and it was wicked cool to see him speak). However I know that some atheists really want a replacement religion -- and I don't. I just didn't know they also wanted to hate on their own people so much.

I was going to say that it's time to walk away and create new cons. However that's giving into the terrorists, isn't it?
10th-Sep-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Not all cons are full of douches and the people who want to protect them.
10th-Sep-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand that. I've attended many a con, I've been on the boards of two cons, I was tech director at a con, I work the 5-2-1, I grok con. (I also appreciate that Firefox's inline spell checking has no problem with 'grok'.)

I also know Rene Walling personally. Since I'm a bilingual male, he was very nice to me. I was proud of him for turning Anticipation (the Montreal WorldCon he ran) from a way to get a suite at NoreasCon in 2004 to a reality. However, he ignored someone's explicit directions about personal boundaries. I do not know whether he talked to anyone on the ReaderCon board when they were about to toss him. I could ask a few friends, but I won't.

I just want a brighter future for fandom -- one that doesn't parallel the deceitful dialogue we're seeing in American politics. Cons should be a place for fans to gain social acceptance through the examples and mentoring of the community.
10th-Sep-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
I spoke to Walling twice at ChiCon, because he was in programming ops and he added me to some panels. I admit I had a moment of "...erk?" when I saw his name tag. I'm an outgoing, gregarious, even, person, so we chatted while he got me onto more panels, I don't even remember what about, small talk, whatever. He seemed nice enough, except for that whole serial harassment thing.

I've spent a few brain cycles on the future of fandom, its changing demographics, etc, and all I can come up with is that the younger generation (GenX and younger) has a different idea, on average, of what fannishness entails: many of us like movies and TV and comic books, couldn't give a fart about print fanzines and what I call old style fan writing (I went to X con with my friends Y and Z, and we talked about how we missed A and B...), but we blog about fannish culture, sociology, how feminism (etc) intersect with being geeks--and old skool fans don't like that, don't think it's "real" fannish behavior, think those media fans are Ruining Fandom (and don't get them started on women and those other uppity minorities).

There are fans from GenX who think that way, because there's no such thing as a monolithic demographic entity, and some older fans who don't think that way, but on average, this is what I've seen playing out in discussions on the internet.

Apparently, for some people in fandom, the point of Doing Fandom is to be a Big Name Fan, to be important and liked by all and ... ugh. (Read the essay by Taral Wayne starting on page 40 of this zine, which I read because it was in the Hugo packet.) The reason I do fandom is to squee with like-minded people, to talk about the things I love with other people who love them. Sometimes this means organizing conventions (I chair the literary track of a steampunk con, which I signed up for to help out a friend and so I could meet local authors and network with them. Do I care if other fans know who I am? Not really.)

I don't know how to create a more inclusive fandom, though--one where harassment isn't ignored, where everyone is welcome regardless of skin tone, ability status, gender, orientation, etc, where people who geek out over Buffy aren't derided by people for whom Asimov is the pinnacle of SF writing, where the fucking geek hierarchy doesn't exist.

If you have ideas, though...
10th-Sep-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
More importantly, I think, attending DragonCon is directly contributing to Kramer's continued ability to evade the law and gain access to minors.
10th-Sep-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
What happened at PAX? (the East one here, or the main one on the west coast?)
10th-Sep-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2012-09-10 10:58 pm (UTC)
10th-Sep-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh OKC, the horror.

I saw a profile once of a guy who wanted to keep a woman prisoner in his backyard (for sex). He said this on the site. And then he detailed all the sexual things she should be there to do to him. That was pretty much his whole profile.
11th-Sep-2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Well, going to Dragon*Con as a guest, as I did, didn't contribute a damn thing to Kramer because the only entities that got my money were dealers and the hotels. (Wrenn was my guest, and also got a free pass.)

And it's not like the people running Dragon*Con want to give Kramer money. In fact, they've been trying to get Kramer out of the picture, but he and his lawyer are playing legal games, as the linked article explains.
11th-Sep-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Well, going to Dragon*Con as a guest, as I did, didn't contribute a damn thing to Kramer because the only entities that got my money were dealers and the hotels.

But people who attend to see you are contributing to Kramer.

And it's not like the people running Dragon*Con want to give Kramer money. In fact, they've been trying to get Kramer out of the picture, but he and his lawyer are playing legal games, as the linked article explains.

All they actually have to do is disband the corporation and create a new one without Kramer; they've known about that easy out for years. But since it would mean giving up the name Dragon*Con, they are unwilling to do it. Branding is more important to them than taking a pedophile off their payroll.
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