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30 August 2011 @ 11:58 am
Worldcon supporting memberships: well, this is nice :)  
Well it's been almost a week and things seem to have worked out awfully nicely :)

- Thanks to purplefrog26 and kirizal also offering supporting memberships, we had three!

- And three awesome people signed up: scamis, tithenai, and prezzey :) So, you guys, we're getting you all supporting memberships! Er, details about how to be worked out as soon as I have a spoon or two.

Doing this has been eye-opening. I hadn't fully understood how many barriers there are in the way of multiply marginalized people participating in the nominating/voting process; money is very clearly not the only one. Of course financial difficulty doesn't exactly go with tons of leisure time, but also seems from conversations I've had in the last few days that the overall normativity of the field is also a huge barrier.

...Which, okay, is not exactly news. I know it's triggery to be erased and misrepresented, and that it's hard and risky to find work that doesn't do that. And I knew that was a problem for me given all my spoonfails. But I hadn't realized how much my experience was part of a larger problem here.

All of which is to say I'd also like to extend gratitude and admiration to scamis, tithenai, and prezzey for being willing to take this on :)
 
 
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on August 31st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Really glad this discussion is happening! And it's fine for it to continue here, but yeah I have no spoons to deal with this level of organizing, so it might be more *useful* to have it continue elsewhere...
[ein od milvado]: garfield_ideaprezzey on September 1st, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
OK I've made some blog posts
Done #1
Done #2

Everyone, feel free to continue over at my blog! (Wow, I rushed so much to put this up that I managed to break my comments field, but it should be OK now... let me know if you can't comment.)