|Wiscon: Please Touch/Don't Touch (Feminism, Sex, and Gender)
||[Apr. 2nd, 2007|05:36 am]
Bellwether: The Safe Zone Discussion Group
According to the preliminary schedule for Wiscon '07, I will be on the Please Touch/Don't Touch (Feminism, Sex, and Gender) panel, at Saturday, 9:00-10:15 p.m.
"One of the many qualities which sets WisCon apart from most other SF
conventions is the perception that, for one weekend a year, the
Concourse is a safe and inclusive space for SF fans of all genders,
orientations, identities, races, and religions. Many people have
commented that this extra level of comfort seems to create a very
"touchy-feely" environment, with a lot more casual physical contact
between old friends and new acquaintance, and a very different, (more
open?) environment for flirting and hook-ups. But not everyone is quite
so comfortable with such a relaxed atmosphere... Where do you draw the
lines between casual and significant, affection and flirting, too much
and not enough? How do the conditions change from situation to
situation? And how do you tell someone to "back off"... or deal
gracefully when someone else lets you know that you've crossed a line?"
I've been watching this discussion (here, and elsewhere) with interest, but haven't taken part much, mostly because I personally haven't been in very many of these uncomfortable situations. But it's a topic very close to my heart.
Other than the existence of this group and the discussion taking place here, is there anything in particular people would like me to bring up? I hope I can display the artwork that has been created. If you would prefer not to say anything here, you can drop me a note at swanberg =at= gmail =dot= com.
This panel is, I believe, scheduled during the Tiptree auction. Panels at this time usually aren't attended very heavily.