Tag: fandom

  • WisCon: The Frenkel Decision

    This past Friday, the subcommittee announced their decision about the harassment reported by Elise Matthesen and Lauren Jankowski.  Here’s the relevant part: WisCon will (provisionally) not allow Jim Frenkel to return for a period of four years (until after WisCon 42 in 2018). This is “provisional” because if Jim Frenkel chooses to present substantive, grounded evidence […]

  • Silence is Complicity

    Here be trigger warnings. And horror. I’ll talk about both–because this is one that the community cannot look away from. And by that, I mean they can’t look away from it anymore. First, some history, It was widely known–in some circles–that Marion Zimmer Bradley was complicit in the sexual abuse of children by her husband, […]

  • Dave Truesdale Explains It All

    Well, then. All of us shrill, divisive, ungrateful square peggers have, apparently, been lying and creating division because Dave Truesdale, a white man, has never once encountered a “smidgeon [sic] of racism or sexism at a convention, whether it be a local or regional con, a worldcon, a World Fantasy convention, a Campbell/Sturgeon awards banquet, […]

  • Harassment and the Back Channel

    I am so very sorry that Elise Matthesen was harassed at WisCon. I don’t know Elise in person, but I have bought a number of pieces of jewelry from her and I admire her tremendously. I am grateful that she has written such a powerful piece that explains what she did to report her harasser […]

  • Criticism, Reader Shame, and Problematic Books

    The speculative fiction community has been having, for many years now, conversations on how to be a fan of problematic things (too many posts to actually link, hence the LMGTFY link–I promise, I am not being an asshole–it was either do that or spend all evening vetting links and not writing this post; however if you […]