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Pro tip: a “women in…” industry panel should include, y’know, women. [May. 26th, 2015|10:34 am]
Stephanie C. Leary
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Denver ComicCon’s Women in Comics panel on Saturday featured… no women. Let’s have the allmalepanels Hasselhoff of approval, folks:

When asked about this, the convention’s PR rep responded with a prime example of how not to respond to questions about your problematic programming:

In regards to the Women in Comics panel, I think it’s important to point out that it was a panel that took an historical view of women characters in comic books rather than the current role of women creators in the industry or diversity in comics — of which DCC has many with appropriately diverse panels.
It was about the past, not the present! So the inherent sexism is totes okay and appropriate! Besides, we had lots of other diverse panels! Just not on this subject.
The Women in Comics panel was a submitted panel that featured respected academics on the subject.
A bunch of dudes suggested it! Who are we to tell them they should have included some ladies? Like, maybe the foremost authority on the subject WHO IS ALSO A GUEST AT THIS CONVENTION.
What, there’s a movement for men to pledge not to participate in all-male panels? Nope, never heard of that. Would never mention such a thing to the awesome dudes who submit panels to us.
And there’s, like, no way that bias in academia played any role whatsoever in the fact that a bunch of dudes are the only experts we respect. Nuh-uh.
As for panel acceptance: Denver Comic Con vets panels based on their proposal. The con values all different points of view, as long as their purpose is educational, and not hate speech, harassing in purpose, or strictly self-promotional. We don’t, however, “edit” the content because that might considered imposing our point of view over our panelists.
We can’t, like, curate our own convention programming. That would be wrong!
This particular panel was a last minute addition because the program director respects the submitter’s qualifications and scholarship, had an open slot, and wanted a panel on the history of comics. We didn’t think it would be appropriate to deny the panel simply because of his gender.
We didn’t have time to suggest changes! Not that we would have, anyway, because that would be wrong.
Also, the guy running our programming saw nothing wrong with this! In fact, it sounds like he solicited the panel. So it’s totes okay!
After all, we wouldn’t want to be accused of reverse sexism!
This PR guy is slapping together half a dozen different incoherent defenses because the panel is indefensible. No group of men should ever submit a panel on “women in” anything. No programming director should approve such a panel, especially when, again, the foremost expert on the subject, who is a woman, is also a guest at the same convention.
It is okay for the programming committee to suggest to an all-male panel that they modify their slate to include some women, and if the panelists do not agree, it is okay to reject their panel–yes, because of their gender.  “Reverse sexism” is impossible, because sexism is systematic, institutional oppression of one sex. (Individual women hating men is misandry, and individuals do not have the power of institutions.) Women, as the oppressed group, do not have the institutional power to oppress men in reverse. That’s how patriarchy works.
So, the institution–in this case, the convention programming committee–should absolutely say, “We’re not going to allow all-male panels, especially on the subject of women.” That’s not sexism; that’s preventing sexism.
Instead, the programming director allowed the panel–or perhaps even solicited it.
Speakers, don’t submit all-male panels to conventions. Most especially do not be a mansplaining jackass by submitting an all-male panel on the subject of women in your industry. Take the pledge not to participate in all-male panels.
Convention organizers, stop perpetuating this sexist bullshit and start curating your programming. This is a fucking disgrace, and no amount of PR spin can make it better.

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Happiness is... [May. 19th, 2015|07:41 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
Another writing group, seated next to my group, critiquing each other loudly and with much hilarity while we smile to ourselves and keep on typing.
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(no subject) [May. 12th, 2015|07:38 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
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"Steve Rogers: PR Disaster" is one of the funniest fanfics I have ever read.

“Wait,” says Sam, “you had a publicist?”

“For my first five months at S.H.I.E.L.D,” says Steve. “Then she quit. Uh, decisively.”

“Well yeah, she had to keep you in line,” Bucky says with a half-smirk. “How many times did you make that poor lady want to sock you in the face?”

“Lost count,” Steve admits. “I did offer to let her, once. Seemed fair.”

Sam laughs. “I feel like you’re sitting on a story here.”

“There’s no story,” Steve tells him. Sam raises his eyebrows. Bucky’s half-smirk tilts towards a full smirk. “Seriously,” Steve repeats, “no story.”

Interlude: The Story of Steve “Walking PR Nightmare” Rogers, and How For a Short While He Single-Handedly Destroyed the Emotional Health of Eva Laura Ortiz, His Now Ex-Publicist

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MY BOOK IS FINALLY OUT OMG [Apr. 28th, 2015|12:13 pm]
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Content Strategy for WordPress ebookThe "new WordPress book" I've been talking about for over a year is finally out. Check out the announcement if you're into WordPress.

This is my first self-publishing venture. So far, my reaction is: not that much more work, LOTS more control, worldwide availability, 200-300% more money per copy (depending on the vendor). Yeah, I could get used to that. I'll write up my thoughts on the process after I do the print edition.
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2014|03:03 pm]
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Threw my back out again yesterday. Have been more or less incapacitated. At least today I can get out of bed; going to the bathroom last night involved a lot of swearing.

Oh, hey, Mercury IS in retrograde.

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ugh. [Jun. 21st, 2014|03:58 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
[Current Mood |crabby]

I was supposed to fly to Chicago on Wednesday for a writing retreat. Instead I came down with a horrible stomach bug, with some extra-weird virus symptoms, and ended up going to the ER twice before noon.

I've been holed up at my parents' being fed Jell-O and soup. I'm fine now, but I'm just now sitting down to write for the first time this week (at 4pm on Saturday) and I am SO ANNOYED that I didn't get to see my long-distance friends, didn't get a nice long break for writing, and have now had two retreats this year ruined by illness.
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#663399 [Jun. 12th, 2014|10:38 am]
Stephanie C. Leary

This site (and my Twitter profile) are purple today in honor of Rebecca Meyer. My thoughts are with Eric and his family.

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why LJ [Jun. 3rd, 2014|03:15 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
Livejournal staff would like to know more about how and why you use livejournal.
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Mystery of mysteries [Apr. 5th, 2014|01:58 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
Dear brain,

It's adorable that you've handed me the ten-years-later sequel to the five- or six-book mystery series. Really, I adore you. But, maybe we should work on finishing the first one? It's just a suggestion, you understand.

With exasperated fondness,

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Happiness is... [Mar. 13th, 2014|01:18 pm]
Stephanie C. Leary
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... getting paid for a big project, such that you can operate your business for the next two months even if nothing else comes in.
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