Reblogged from batmansymbol
i want so badly to ignore this and just get on with my life, considering that i’m in the midst of tour and traveling the US right now, but it’s clear that I can’t escape this. this is a very long post, i am keeping it under a cut.
additionally, at least until tumblr moves on from this, my askbox is off. it is a nightmare. i can’t deal with it right now.
so. I was an invited panelist at Dashcon, and I was on 10 panels over the weekend. my name is mark, I run Mark Reads and Mark Watches, and have been doing so for 5 years next month. (HOLY SHIT THAT IS A LONG TIME.) I have been attending cons for over a decade and been speaking at them as a panelist or a guest since 2011. Including my own tour events outside of cons, I have participated in over 150 “panels,” ranging from 50 minutes to 4 hours. I’m including this upfront because I’ve already been accused of being a 16-year-old nobody who doesn’t know what he’s doing at cons and is ruining fandom. Also, I’m apparently white and straight. ALSO THIS IS A MESS.
Holy crap, it’s Mark Reads! What. I love Mark Reads.
I swear to God I’m done reblogging anything to do with this con, after this. Just … this one is important, y’all. Please read this. This is a big part of why I’ve felt so uneasy with all the shit floating around:
“Why doesn’t Tumblr just come out and say they want a chance to rip on teenage girls? […] The fact that Tumblr has decided that out of every demographic in the world, girls at this con are the worst is just straight up misogyny to me. I don’t care that you find fandoms annoying.”
That’s why. That’s why I’ve felt so uncomfortable about this.
Every so often, I see gifsets floating around regarding cosplay creeps and other such awful con behavior, and people do a lot of tutting and headshaking over it. But I have never — never — seen this site display such gleeful malice as they have these past couple days while tearing into this group of largely female con attendees. These people did literally nothing but show up to a con hoping for a fun weekend. And yet — simply because there’s an administrative problem with the con — “squeeing over superwholock” is now apparently grounds for mountains of derision and a holier-than-thou attitude that really fucking pisses me off.
Another incredibly important excerpt from Mark’s Q&A: “White people, here is a free tip: DO NOT FUCKING ERASE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN ORDER TO TRY TO BE ANTI-RACIST. Dashcon was the most racially diverse convention I have been to in the last year. It was more diverse than every professional, decades-running con I have been to EVER, aside from Comic-Con, which I don’t really count. And guess who I saw wearing the most flower crowns all weekend? Young black girls.
Fuck you. Your awful, misinformed commentary was racist, too.”
Not that anybody asked for my opinion, but here’s the rest of my opinion:
I have nothing to say about Dashcon itself, but Mark and batmansymbol have done a great job laying out some the reasons I am rapidly approaching being Done with Tumblr. I’m having a hard time dodging the conclusion that there are problems with the format itself that enables poorly sourced gossip mongering, sound bite-like memes that blast over thoughtful discussion, and dog piles. Most of the time on my dash, what I’m seeing is the more nuanced reactions to such things, but it still makes me anxious and tired. And that makes me sad, because I don’t want to cut out this point of contact with people I adore and admire.
I don’t know what to do.