My New Convention Harassment Policy | Whatever: “Why? Because I want my friends and fans to be able to come to a convention and feel assured that the convention is making the effort to be a safe place for them. I want my friends and fans to know that if someone creeps on them, there’s a process to deal with it, quickly and fairly. And I want my friends and fans to know that I don’t support conventions that won’t go out of their way to do both of these things.”
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It seems that when it comes to sci-fi, cultural experiences of the melanin-inclined are merely reserved for exotic backdrop (ahem, â€œStargateâ€) and half-assed tokenization (ahem, the horrible Mandarin in â€œFireflyâ€). [...] This is for all the disappointed moviegoers who felt the title â€œMinority Reportâ€ was misleading.
On Geekdom and Privilege: Sympathy For The â€˜Prettyâ€™?: All of which is not to say that celebrities or hot people can never be members of the community. In calling herself a history geek, Campanella herself seems to fit the definition of a geek ally: she has some geeky interests, and she believes in evolution (thank goodness), but itâ€™s not like she chose to cosplay Wonder Woman for the swimsuit competition, either.
Ann Leckie: Wiscon-Related Thoughts pt 1: But we still do it, ourselves. Some portions of the eternal what’s really science fiction debate seem focused on excluding pears and oranges from our basket on the grounds that they’re not really fruit. Except no definition that excludes oranges and pears will also include every sort of apple.
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In this week’s WisCon newsletter comes news which seems relevant to the science geeks among us: the strain of norovirus which hit the WisCon feminist science fiction conference in 2008 has been officially named after the conference!Â It’s called AY502008 (Wiscon), as seen in this recent PLoS One paper.
Since the outbreak, WisCon has put a lot of effort into ensuring safe food-handling at the event, and my impression has been that this has reduced the amount of “con crud” (con-related colds and flus) in a pretty big way.Â I think it’s one of those little things that gets easily forgotten in organizing conferences, but “not getting attendees sick” is also an accessibility issue for folks with compromised immune systems.
The James Tiptree, Jr. award is a yearly “prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.” The award council has just announced that the winners, for work published in 2009, are:
Greer Gilman, Cloud and Ashes: Three Winterâ€™s Tales (Small Beer Press)
Fumi Yoshinaga, Ooku: The Inner Chambers, volumes 1 & 2 (VIZ Media)
Also check out the Honor List and Long List for other recent speculative fiction exploring gender. Stuff you can read online right now:
The Tiptree Award presentation is a highlight of WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention in May. Â Just in case I won’t see you there to hear you enthuse about scifi in person, leave recommendations in the comments!
Those of you who attend WisCon probably already know that they are seeking program ideas. For those who have never attended WisCon before, it is a Feminist Science Fiction Convention held each May in Madison, Wisconsin. I went for the first time last year, and met many of the GF bloggers there for the first time, not to mention many of our regular commenters. It was a great experience, and one I look forward to repeating this year. If you’ve never been to an SF convention before, I can recommend this one to first-timers.
Anyway! My point! I had one!
Program suggestions close on the 22nd. What are you going to suggest? Got any half-formed ideas you’d like to bounce around? Do any of the geek feminist events of 2009 suggest panels? And the most important question: GF Party Y/Y?