My WisCon Schedule & Other Con Stuff

 

Writers’ Workshop: Comics Writing  Fri, 9:00 am–12:00 pm 

Princesses and Ladies Within a WOC Framework  Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Capitol B
Some feminists decry the term “ladies” and have blanket disdain for Princess Culture. But how are these and other terms and aspects of culture seen from outside of typical white middle class feminism? They carry different weight and meaning for women of color and their daughters.
Intersectionality & Other Words Taken from Women of Color  Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm Capitol A
In conversations about intersectional feminism, we often forget that the term itself was created by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a black woman, for the express purpose of addressing the ways in which sexism and racism work together — specifically against black women in the US legal system. Mainstream (largely white) feminism has a history of minimizing or erasing the contributions of women of color, particularly black women. Flavia Dzodan, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker are just a few examples. Intersectionality has become an important part of WisCon’s feminist identity, but how can we claim to be intersectional if we don’t make a point to continually lift up the voices of the feminists and womanists of color who have contributed, and continue to contribute, so much to the movement?
Saturday Night DDP Yoga Party Sat, 9:00 pm–Sun, 3:00 am Conference 2

We know that yoga can be appropriated but can it also be gendered? Join us as we plumb the mysteries of DDP (Diamond Dallas Page) Yoga, as well as other sources. There may also be dancing at the end. This is a very casual activity. Come ready to laugh and sweat.
Women Can Be Evil Too  Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Wisconsin

Mikki Kendall and Justine Larbalestier discuss their research on women serial killers and psychopaths long thought to not exist.
You Got Race On My Class! You Got Class On My Race!   Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm University B

Race and class are two identities that exist in tandem, one never really trumping the other. What are the ways they intersect, diverge, conflict? What happens when our internal race/class state differs from an external race/class assignment — and what factors go into forming internal/external states in the first place? This panel will look at the realities of how we exist within and negotiate race and class without privileging either concept.

So…my schedule is pretty full. This is normal for me at WisCon. I always say that I’m not going to do many panels & technically I did fewer panels this year. Only 5. I…also added teaching a workshop to the list. Whoops! Anyway, I’m generally pretty relaxed at WisCon, I have a huge bubble of friends there & people who know me already know what not to do. But, it’s been a couple of years since I did one of these posts, so here’s the quick and dirty primer to a pleasant interaction with me. Don’t touch me without asking (no seriously, don’t do it), say hi, and if I step back a little don’t be offended. I have personal space issues that I manage by adjusting my position in a group. Other than that I’m generally pretty laid back. Happy WisCon!

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