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In one of the early years that I attended WisCon — I want to say that this is something like 2003 — I proposed a panel: Trans Feminism. Aaron L. had volunteered to moderate, but the panel almost didn’t make it through the panel vetting process. Basically, not enough WisCon attendees expressed interest in the panel. I think the panel was saved fairly late in the process by Debbie, who agreed to be a panelist.

For a few years after that, I kind of thought to myself: “okay, there’s room for exactly this much transness at WisCon.” I thought, y’know, maybe a trans panel every few years. Maybe panels about speculative treatments of gender could include a token trans person. This much, I thought, but it’s unreasonable to expect more.

This past WisCon, I was thinking about the trans and genderqueer contingent. I was picking and choosing which of the several T/GQ panels I was gonna attend. And at times, I hung out in the trans and genderqueer safer space, now in its second year. And I think, “huh. I had such a meagre vision about what trans inclusiveness could look like at a place like WisCon.” I remember, for example, having thinky thoughts about a Fat is not the Enemy panel at WisCon in 2008: the thing I thought, then, was maybe the message of “love your body the way it is” sounds a bit suspect to my trans ears, but that thought was immediately followed with, “it’s a derailment (or at the very least, uninteresting to most attendees) to throw transness into this unrelated panel…”

Part of the way WisCon has changed over the years is that there’s just more trans folk at the con. There’s a trans/genderqueer posse. And more folk means that more trans/genderqueer content gets on the programming schedule. More consideration goes in to making the space welcoming. When the trans/genderqueer safer space was proposed, the con ran with it in a way that was amazing.

These changes are good. I like them; I support them; I’m glad for them. But a remaining problem is me. I think that I really need to own the idea of raising my expectations.

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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Date: 2016-06-06 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erik
This was around the time of the flyers for a "women born women" gathering showing up in the packets, wasn't it?

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Date: 2016-06-06 02:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] firecat
own the idea of raising my expectations

Me too.

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Date: 2016-06-06 02:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jiawen
I love how we're getting to talk about stuff that goes beyond "Trans people in SF&F 101". I've been at panels like that, and they're really hard to do, partly because WisCon has spoiled me for that kind of thing.

I'm very happy that "Trans People Talk About RPGs" finally happened. Pretty sad that I wasn't in the country for it, though.

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Date: 2016-06-08 11:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bibliofile
I love the way this post manages to go full circle, with WisCon lagging behind you, then starting to catch up, and then sudden intersectionality having a footnote referring you back to yourself because the con had moved forward enough for that to happen at all.

For the concom, the big struggle was (asyouknowbo) for the first safer space. Now the biggest problem is simply finding someone willing to run point on a space, and helping make sure they get what they need/want.

But back to expectations: when you raise them, hmm, you can also set yourself up for more disappointments. So um be careful on how you rush into it? (lol eight years later)

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