Down and Out in the SF Ghetto

Attention people who argued with us that fandom isn't creepy, or who claimed I was wrong about the convention culture enabling predatory behavior, please consider the following:

http://logansrogue.livejournal.com/1358050.html

http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp/2010/02/24/what-i-mean-when-i-say-safe-space/

http://rosefox.livejournal.com/1601246.html

Yeah you want to say, isolated incident and look how the community is responding to support the victim?

read this:

http://nick-kaufmann.livejournal.com/575752.html

To rephrase my own point on this: the atmosphere of anything goes that exists at SF conventions wherein people are routinely not challenged on their bullshit behavior and there are panels advocating dangerous sexual practices to be openly accepted is irresponsible and ugly. It leads to bad things and empowers the emotionally retarded and predatory to act on their darkest impulses.

Given this latest spat that no doubt will soon devolve into something like RapeFail 2010 as people take sides, well, I rest my fucking case about how broken the SF Ghetto and Con Culture are.

Comments

Who's At Fault?

While the incident is highly unfortunate for the victim, it seems highly impractical if not downright impossible for the proprietors of a convention to police the behavior of every attendee for the duration of the convention. If an assault, battery or other bad act occurs, the proper law enforcement authorities should be called immediately. There should be security guards who could make a citizen's arrest pending the arrival of the police.

If two people meet at a convention and retire to a private hotel room or go outside the convention, should someone follow them?

Until the alleged rapist is tried and convicted, I don't see how he can be barred from attending.