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I'm still buried under a mountain of dayjob work, and I found out yesterday morning that the Pro Suite coordinator has to drop out due to health reasons. If I know anyone at all who is already attending and would be interested in helping out in that arena (especially on Friday as my panel schedule is pretty packed), drop me a note. I'm not above bribery.

Responsibilities for each party are in the general arena of show up, put pre-prepared snacks on plates, open door on time, shoo people out on time, bag up trash, walk through to make sure nothing's broken or missing, close door -- you don't even have to stick around during the party if you don't want to.

My panel schedule is
Friday Noon Cascade 5
Size Acceptance Is For Everybody

In one corner is the medical establishment and popular media with their obsession with thinness at any cost. In the other corner is the size-acceptance movement and its grass-roots rebellion against the diet industry. We'll discuss the works of fat-positive authors, the origins of the BMI table, the definition of an epidemic, and why it isn't any more polite to tell a small person to eat a sandwich than it is to tell a large person they'd be so attractive if only they lost a few pounds.
Loree Parker (M), Sheye Anne Blaze, Julie Haehn, Dierdre Phoenix

Friday 5 pm Cascade 5
Exploring Other Cultures (Without Being A Jerk)

There has long been the tendency in art and literature to borrow from other cultures and subcultures, but admiration can rapidly become obsession, othering, and cultural appropriation. Well-publicized RaceFail online discussions, usually centered around an ignorant remark by a well-known personality, are prime examples. We'll discuss privilege and oppression, why "intent isn't magic," more polite methods of asking questions (and who to ask them of), and how to give an honest apology without fanning the flames. Suggested pre-panel Googling: Derailing for Dummies, Racism 101, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Lilith von Fraumench (M), Loree Parker, Caren Gussoff, Sheye Anne Blaze

Friday 8 pm Cascade 3&4
How To Get Laid At A Con

How to hook up and be safe, tips on enhancing your communication skills, safer sex advice, grooming tips, and etiquette recommendations of things to NEVER EVER do or say to keep you from being that creep others avoid. And who knows -- today's hook-up might be tomorrow's happily-ever-after. Funny stories and serious advice. 18+ WITH ID
Mickey Schulz (M), Burton Gamble, Loree Parker

Friday 9 pm Cascade 2
Young & Queer: Beyond The Trevor Project

Some attitudes have changed in the last decade or two; but how is it for those still struggling with their personal and sexual identities? How do we cope with widespread bullying from our peers and elders? What do we say when our personal identities don't fit into one box or another? We encourage young people with questions about their place in society and fandom to come to talk and share strength with each other and with older fen who've been through it themselves.
Loree Parker (M), Gregory Gadow, Dennis R. Upkins, Alexander James Adams

Friday 10 pm Cascade 3&4
Putting the "R" in RPG: Boundaries

First of a three-part panel series discussing how to successfully incorporate the 'R-rated' campaign. This first panel discusses defining and setting the boundaries of what's OK and what is definitely NOT OK to members of your gaming group when introducing mature topics to the gaming table.
Ogre Whiteside (M), Loree Parker, Mickey Schulz, Satyros Phil Brucato

Saturday Noon Cascade 6
Polyamory 101

What is polyamory? Why would anyone want more than one partner? How does everyone interact so that each person's needs are met and no one gets hurt? How do more conservative family members react to these plural relationships? Should you? Shouldn't you? What are the pros and cons?
Loree Parker (M), Sean Hagle, David Nasset, Sr., Sheye Anne Blaze

And now back to the datamines.

Date: 2012-03-05 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
in the next few weeks sometime, we should work out details. :)

Date: 2012-03-05 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loree.livejournal.com
Yes, considering it's only a month away. SO. BUSY.

Date: 2012-03-05 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
I totally get that. It is entirely possible that I will be able to arrange a ride to you. We just need to work out other details and days and stuff.

Date: 2012-03-05 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loree.livejournal.com
Ride shouldn't be a problem, I'm taking the two surrounding weeks off. We're checking in Wednesday the 4th, checking out Monday the 9th.

Date: 2012-03-05 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
so I will come tuesday and stay to Monday night or tuesday morning?

Date: 2012-03-06 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loree.livejournal.com
Since there are no flights involved and I won't have to work the days before or after, we can probably pick up on Wednesday noonish, take you home Monday afternoon. You're certainly welcome to stay Tuesday-Tuesday if you don't mind sleeping in a guest room on the first and last nights. :)

Date: 2012-03-06 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] staxxy.livejournal.com
I just dont want you to feel rushed or the doggies to feel abandoned at any point. I know that having me there from the night before was reassuring for them. I am fine either way, and have no problem staying in teh guest room. we can play monday by ear, and bring me over tuesday so there is less rushing about.

Date: 2012-03-05 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apestyle.livejournal.com
When you hold these panels, do you think you're preaching to the choir, or is there often an exchange of ideas? I wonder if people who already are already aligned with these ideals just come for affirmation.

Date: 2012-03-05 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loree.livejournal.com
That happens a bit, but there are strategies around it in a lot of cases - like on the poly panels, I usually start out with asking the n00bs to identify themselves so we can focus on their questions (even if they're the same five or six everybody asks always and forever). Size Acceptance and Young & Queer are so idea-exchanging that they're almost family therapy sessions. And we were able to get some of the white cis-male dudes who thought they were allies to recognize their own privilege in the RaceFail panel last year.

How To Get Laid is a different beast altogether - it's designed to be a lecture, and the people who show up are almost exclusively the people who need behavioral, grooming, and STI risk-management instruction. The R in RPG panel isn't on my track, but I was on a related panel last year, and it was successful enough that (the other) Tim expanded it to three.
Edited Date: 2012-03-05 11:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-08 07:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beaq.livejournal.com
Oh. Con. Oh. Hmrumh. Better start thinking.


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