In the last couple of years, convention attendees, both male and female, have been working to confront sexual (and other) harassment at conventions. John Scalzi is the past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SWFA) and the author of books like Redshirts and Old Man’s War. Recently, Scalzi announced on his blog that he will not attend conventions unless they have a sexual harassment policy in place. You can read his initial entry here.
Since Scalzi just can’t stop being more and more awesome every day, he wrote another, longer piece explaining why he took this action here. It is some kick-ass writing (and funny, too). I urge you to read it. You can also co-sign his pledge should you care to.
As a woman and the mother of a daughter, I’m deeply appreciative not only for women who fight for my rights but for men who ally with me. To those who view women at conventions as playthings, sex toys, or objects of derision, I have a news flash for you:
1. We are here.
2. We are people.
3. We are not leaving.
And oh, yeah, in case only an appeal to baser instincts will convince you to treat me with respect, here’s one more thing:
4. We have money and we represent a considerable portion of your audience and your clientele.
I’ve always been treated well at cons and I hope for all people to have as delightful of experiences as I’ve had. I’m hoping to hear glorious fan tales of a busy, safe, and fun convention summer this year!