A succulent breast dispensing good recommendations (yendi) wrote,
A succulent breast dispensing good recommendations

So, what do I want from Readercon?

I, and half the internet*, have vented about Readercon.

But saying "this sucks" isn't really enough.

Here's what I want:

I want to go back to Readercon.

That's the short version. I want the con that I love to be one I feel comfortable attending. So what would it take for that to happen?

That's the long version.

At a minimum, I'd like to see A) Walling's banishment extended to his lifetime (per the policy that was in place when he committed his acts of harassments and assault); B) a public apology from the Board to Genevieve Valentine, Kate Kligman, and anyone else who has come forward to talk about their experiences; C) an apology from the Board to the Readercon community, for failing to enforce policies, for damaging a great con; and D) a distinct lack of involvement from any of these five asshats** in any of the Concom or Programming areas.

Ideally, I'd also like to see the Board either step down to acknowledge their gross incompetence, or grow significantly to allow people with some intelligence and ethics on Board. I'd also like to see an apology from the Board to the Readercon community for blatantly lying to us ("It was that recognition and regret that influenced our decision, not his status in the community"). I expect to see airborne pigs first, though.

This isn't a checklist of demands; it's entirely possible that there's another way to resolve this, but this is one solution that would work for me.

ETA: I should have added this from the beginning, but yes, I want there to be a solid, comprehensive anti-harassment policy in place; part of what makes Readercon worth attending is the other Readercon attendees.

*"The internet," of course, is defined as "the parts of the internet I pay attention to." It allows me to pretend that Reddit isn't the internet, for example.

**Until I hear otherwise, I'm assuming all five people who signed their name to the public statement support it.


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