- Posted by Johanna on August 29, 2006 at 10:44 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Ragnell at Written World explains why it matters that Harlan Ellison groped Connie Willis, discussing it in the context of how it has a chilling effect on women attending conventions and similar events.
When the stories about female professionals and the behavior they face at cons get out — hell, when stuff like Miller’s ASBAR SCRIPT gets out — and we see the harassment and unprofessionalism and general disregard for women behind the often defended as harmless surface material, what do you think we think? …
… it comes back to the horror stories online about how we’re treated in male-dominated fan communities, and comic book stores, in addition to conventions. We’ve all heard them and gone “so that’s how it is,” and it makes sense, because of the “Sex sells” attitude that actually translates to “Sexy Women sell” in comic book marketing. What are we supposed to think? What kind of message does it send? It all combines to tell us that we are not welcome there.
Those who are excusing the encounter as “between Harlan and Connie” are ignoring the very real message it sends, that women — and bear in mind that female fans may be just as shy and sheltered and uncomfortable dealing with other people as male fans can be — can have their space and body trespassed upon at any time and it will be considered entertainment.