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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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My Wiscon Schedule! 
6th-May-2015 09:27 am
As usual, I'll be staffing the Interstitial Arts Foundation's "Coffee, Tea, and Subversion" table during the Gathering! Come say hi! Other than that...

Friday, 4:00pm: Imaginary Book Club
Five panelists discuss books that don't exist, improvising critiques and responses. This year might include: Ann Leckie's Star Trek tie-in book Ancillary Enterprise; N.K. Jemisin's run writing Wonder Womanfor DC; and the new reissue of Neal Stephenson's previously out-of-print vampire romance, BIETME.

Saturday, 10:00am: Parenting Beyond the Binary
Progressive parents are aware that gender is far more than a simple spectrum, but schools and peer groups of one's children may not have that same knowledge. In a society that seems fascinated with shoving ever-narrower expectations of gender upon the current crop of under-10s, what can those of us who lived through the gender-bending 1980s do in our parenting to nurture a healthy attitude in the kidlings under our care?

Saturday, 1:00pm: Spindles and Spitfire: A Reading
Join us for sinister whimsy, folkloric sensibilities, dark humor, and SNACKS! Gwynne Garfinkle is a red headed hellion who will capture your heart and put it in a jar above her writing desk. Nicole Kornher-Stace will drag you to bridges made of the dead, and you'll thank her for it. Shira Lipkin has returned from the castle beyond the goblin city. She brought you a present. Patty Templeton misses the ghosts that used to keep her up at night.

Sunday, 1:00pm: Intersections of Class and Disability
While they can play out differently, many of the assumptions faced by people with disabilities are similar to the assumptions regarding working class and poorer families: that our problems are our own fault, that we are simply lazy, that we just do not know how to eat right or take care of ourselves, that we are less fit to parent children, and so on. What happens in the spaces where these two categories overlap? How do race and class intersect with disability issues like accessibility and access to medical care and accurate diagnoses?

Sunday, 2:30pm: Intersectional Body-Positivity
Body positivity comes in many forms, but some mainstream attempts at defining or championing it end up pissing on one group even as they attempt to make another feel better. Body-positivity is not only about fat acceptance, it's also about accepting yourself at any size. It's about acceptance of all trans people with gender-nontypical bodies, and their right to identify in ways "contradicted" by their physicality. How can we support all people in finding their embodiment awesome? What does that look like?

I am, as always, totally going to Geekeoke and the Floomp. I don't have my meals scheduled yet, so if you want to do lunch or dinner (or breakfast, so long as it's at Short Stack Cafe, which has GF pancakes and cheesy grits!), let me know!
6th-May-2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Wish I could be there. I ended up in a conversation with my four-and-a-half-year- old about people changing gender on Saturday. She seemed to take it pretty matter-of-factly. Then yesterday she was wearing a dress while climbing a tree outside her school. I had told her I didn't want her to climb the steeper climbing tree because her dress wasn't good for climbing and a crlassmate commented that if he was her he wouldn't ever wear a dress to school. I allowed as how it's fun to wear a dress sometimes. And she asked me, "Can boys wear dresses?"

Funny how the simplest questions come when you haven't really thought about how to answer them. I replied that boys can wear dresses for dress-up, and reminded her that her cousins dress up in princess clothes and like wonder woman and such. But there's still a conversation that I hope to reopen soon about why different types of people are expected to dress differently. I'm glad girls have a lot of freedom right now, and I wish boys did too. I don't know if I'm ready to talk to her about nonconformity and how it should be ok everywhere but right now some people might be mean about it, but I think that's coming soon. At gymnastic s the other day I heard a father complain His son was "like a girl" when they were there watching his daughter begin class, and I sat there for ten minutes contemplating what I might say to this guy, sitting in a center that teaches a sport that takes strength and courage, about how insulting that phrase is. But he was a stranger, and I said nothing.

Edited at 2015-05-06 01:54 pm (UTC)
6th-May-2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
SO many things I want to go to. You should make a clandestine recording so that I can enjoy it all later ;-)
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