Linkspam, 11/8/13 Edition

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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November 8, 2013

Despite my concerns about Philcon’s harassment policy, I am planning to be there all weekend–even though I received absolutely no response to the email I sent the convention chair outlining my concerns.

While I”m on the subject of Philcon, I’s also like to go on record as being uncomfortable with the gender balance of their program.

By my informal count, program participation is comprised of 121 men and 74 women.

I also looked at all the programming tracks except for Main (mostly Masquerade stuff), Filk, and Gaming, excluded all screenings and demonstrations and most workshops (the exception was the Family track) and came up with the following numbers; I’ve bolded the gender that dominates each track:

  • Signings: 18 hours, 24 men, 9 women (all the signings are two-person except the GOH ones)
  • Literary: 55 hours, 155 men, 86 women
  • Readings: 16 hours, 14 men, 2 women (excluding the Broad Universe Group reading)
  • Anime: 15 hours, 38 men, 9 women
  • Art: 8 hours, 15 men, 5 women
  • Family: 9 hours, 9 men, 18 women
  • Comics: 8 hours, 27 men, 4 women
  • Costuming/Cosplay: 3 hours, 3 men, 13 women
  • Cutting Edge (Technology): 6 hours, 14 men, 6 women
  • Fandom: 9 hours, 26 men, 11 women
  • Media: 13 hours, 52 men, 13 women
  • Science: 10 hours, 33 men, 7 women
  • Total: 170 hours, 410 men, 183 women

This means, on average, those 121 men have 3.4 panels each while the 74 women only have 2.5 panels each.

I recognize that this analysis does not take non-binary people into account. My apologies for the erasure–it is not my intent but it is the result and I am happy to incorporate non-binary gender data into the dataset if there is anyone on programming affected.

I will do a more detailed analysis after the convention when I have a paper program I can mark up. I’m also planning on attending some programming and my goal is to do a thorough con report.

I’ll also have physical copies of Jacqueline Koyanagi’s Ascension to give away–watch Twitter for details.

Onwards to the links!

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  1. Meoskop

    I find the Poe story completely believeable. Similar tales have been told by many musicians. One positive side of music’s financial free fall is the opening of other revenue sources for artists. It’s a lot too early to predict the future but I do think one effect will be greater artist control.

  2. Natalie Luhrs

    @Meoskop: From what I know of the music industry, I find it believable as well but the lack of citations does bother me. The part that I find especially horrifying is where her rights were bought up by a “fan” who was able to prevent her from recording or performing under her established name. That’s terrifying.

    I think there are some interesting parallels between the publishing and music industries in terms of how technology has affected and disrupted the traditional means of production.

  3. Meoskop

    The article is mostly lifted from her wiki, ehich cites that bit back to an LA Weekly article.

  4. Cassie

    Sadly the Science of Hair article is behind a paywall for me!

  5. Natalie Luhrs

    @Cassie: Oh, crap. I just checked and I apparently get full access because of my work’s IP address. That’ll learn me for the future.

    • Cassie

      @Natalie Luhrs: And it looked so interesting! Alas.

      The stuff with Poe is really horrifying. Haunted has been one of my desert island records forever.


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