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September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]
I know we're all probably getting tired of boobs

(Take the title as you wish.)

Because some people seem to have missed this fact, at the first con there were no "opt-in" or "opt-out" buttons, and theferret admits that strange women were approached largely based on how they were dressed. It turns out that the scantily-clad Princess was a friend of a friend, so I'm not counting her in that comment, but the requests to touch boobs* breasts or other body parts were not limited to the friend group nor those who were wearing buttons.

However: I agree with this comment, and am once again reposing my own from elseJournal having finally nailed my thoughts down to roughly a sentence:

It's the suggestion that anyone, anywhere, should be able to question my right to my bodily integrity because it will make the world a happier healthier place with butterflies and Bambi and bunnies ejaculating rainbows that got my hackles up, I think.

Instead of making cons a place where you have to explicitly wear a button to tell people you're not interested in even being asked about being touched, how about we work toward making a world where no one has the right to critique your body or invade your personal space, regardless of gender, without your permission.

"My Body, My Choice," isn't just about abortion.

*Whether or not we're getting tired of boobs, I'm getting tired of the word. Although it does remind me of one of my favorite (sexist) jokes (as rendered in the song "Bad Jokes" from the A Prairie Home Companion Movie:

When God created woman, he gave her not two breasts but three,
when the middle breast got in the way, God performed surgery.
Woman stood before God, the middle breast in hand,
said, "What shall we do with the useless boob?" and God created Man.

I can't help myself. I had to check.

Yep. It made OTF_Wank. (Not fandom_wank because, well, not fandom.)


"Instead of making cons a place where you have to explicitly wear a button to tell people you're not interested in even being asked about being touched, ..."

Are you proposing a potential end to this situation, or is this your understanding of how the button system worked?

(It is a very good thing I work during the day, for I might otherwise have gotten quite worked up by what appears to have been a nontrivial fight on LJ among various corners.)

You know, I've been told that nobody who didn't wear a button was asked, and everyone understood that rule and only asked people wearing a "Yes" button.

But if the people involved truly believed that, you've got to wonder why they bothered with a "No" button at all...

At the first con, there were no buttons and people who theferret described as "dressed to impress" were approached.

It was only at the second con that the buttons appeared, and they were apparently the work of one woman (again, based on theferret's post.)

Sigh. And I see now that I have repeated myself. *headdesk*

Edited at 2008-04-24 03:04 pm (UTC)

My understanding about how this worked, is that the buttons were "yes, you may ask" and "no, you may not ask" although theferret's original post is somewhat ambiguous on that point.

"(First: The program's an opt-in program, which is to say that if you're not wearing a button, we'll never ask. Certainly the first wave of con-asking was something with the severe potential for harm, which is why we decided on the need for buttons. The need for a red button was debated, and we decided to have it just in case... But if even if you never wear any button at all, you won't be asked. At all. It's not as though we'd be gang-pressing people into servitude." (bolding mine)

Is that to say that's how it happened for everyone? Certainly not. But that's how the program was being run.

Not initially:

Emboldened, we started asking other people. And lo, in the rarified atmosphere of the con, few were offended and many agreed. And they also felt that strange charge. We went around the con, asking those who we thought might be amenable - you didn't just ask anyone, but rather the ones who'd dressed to impress - and generally, people responded. They understood how this worked instinctively, and it worked.
(bolding mine)

At the first con, there were no buttons. Everyone was apparently assumed to be wearing a "yes you may" button. In particular, they asked people who were "dressed to impress." I know what that sounds like to me. What does it sound like to you?

Also, I think it's springheel_jack's post on the subject that mentions that women are often assumed to be wearing a green button by default - I know what theferret has said was intended, but small group dynamics are extremely different from large group dynamics (she said, preaching to the choir) and what can be controlled in the former cannot be in the latter.

(Incidentally, and not intended as a criticism, I find it interesting that you and I are disagreeing, however mildly, on this subject.)