You're at a science-fiction and fantasy convention. As you peruse the programming schedule, you come across a panel titled "Sexual Harassment in SF&F Fandom (one hour)". What would you expect to learn from that panel?
So I'm going to be running a panel about "Sexual Harassment in SF&F Fandom" at my local SF&F con next April. Thing is, I have never run a Sexual Harassment workshop or anything of the sort, so I have no idea how to prepare for it.
I plan to contact the Center for Women and Families
here in town because I understand from some people who've worked with them that they will be able to provide assistance to me, even a speaker if I would like. That's great, but what I would also like to do is talk about sexual harrassment issues that are specific to science-fiction and fantasy fandom. Even more specifically, I'd like to get into harrassment issues surrounding attending conventions, and how to deal with harrassment at a convention if it happens to you.
Writer Jim C. Hines has been kind enough to grant me permission to use the content found in his blog post
. I'm also aware of the Con Anti-Harrassment Project
. I'm wondering what other resources specific to fandom may exist?
I'd also love to hear from anyone out there who has run a sexual harrassment workshop or discussion, who might have some tips for me on how to conduct this panel, things I need to think about or be aware of.
Thanks in advance!