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Jul 23, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
The way @worldcon2018 has treated a Hugo nominee -- ome of their honored guests -- has almost made me angry enough to stay home but I think upon reflection that instead I may be angry enough to show up.
So. Yeah. I am almost mad enough to skip WorldCon despite being out airfare and memberships. I seriously considered donating my memberships and just doing the "BarCon", maybe seeing some of San Jose.

But instead I am going to be there.
I am going to be there. I am going to be there and I am going to be present and I am going to be visible and I am going to be myself. I am there for my trans and especially my genderqueer and non-binary friends, family, and colleagues who have been mistreated so shamefully.
There are probably people involved in throwing this shindig who don't know who I am. That's okay. A lot of people don't. I am in the quantum superposition of nobody and somebody. I exist in a liminal space adjacent to importance.
For those at @worldcon2018 who don't know me, let me tell you who I'm not.

I'm not a member of the SFWA or any other organization, professional or otherwise.

I'm not affiliated with or employed by any publisher.

I'm not represented by anybody.

I'm not representing anybody.
I'm not a member, I'm not a joiner, I'm not an employer nor an employee.

Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose, but that's a nice place to start.
You know who I am?

I'm a gadfly.

I don't need your good opinion, I don't need your kind regards, I don't need a little favor, I don't need your contact information. You have nothing that I want and can't offer me anything I need that I can't get for myself.
So I am coming to Worldcon 76 in San Jose exactly as I planned to.

I am not going there for the industry schmoozing and I am not going there to network and I am not there to win friends and influence people.
I am going there to be Jenny on the Spot. I am going there to be in the room where it happens, if it happens. If anything happens.

And if anything happens to my family?

I will be angry.

And I am like an existential Incredible Hulk, my friends.

You won't like it if I'm angry.
Queer folks going to San Jose or thinking about going to San Jose? Uncertain about your reception or safety? You can holler at me any time and I will be your escort. I will be your neutral observer. I will sit up front at your panel and be your buddy in the crowd.
We'll work out the details closer to the con but I will set up a rapid response system so that anybody who needs backup gets it. We are going to have each other's backs.
I am not remotely joking about any of this. We will form up like a queer Voltron.
Fudge it. I suspected something like this was going on when I heard from so many people passed over for programming, but this is just so blunt.

I'm going all in.

Who wants to do some counterprogramming with me? Let's put together some guerrilla panels.

"A lot of our attendees don't know what #OwnVoices are." I bet they'd love to learn! That's a great reason to have a panel! "Our attendees don't know the Hugo nominees." SO YOU HAVE A MEET THE NOMINEES PANEL THIS ISN'T HARD @WORLDCON2018
Also it's clear that WorldCon 76 has a very clear concept of who "their attendees" are and all of us -- including those who are Hugo nominees -- are just people showing up at their thing.

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So, electric kettles. Let me see if I can't convert some other white US-born people over.

Here are some reasons:

1. You can set specific temperatures, not just heat things to a boil. Get closer to the ideal temperature for your tea, spend less time waiting for it to cool.
2. If you need boiling water to pour into or over something, not just like a single serving for instant whatever, you've got it in a nice kettle with a spout and an insulated handle.
3. You never have that thing where surface tension has stopped the water from actually boiling even though it's at temperature, and when you move it and disturb the water it explodes all over your hand (Google it, if you don't know this thing.)
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The Dehumanizing Speech policy being specific is important because if (let's dream big here) it is enforced as written, you can avoid getting suspended for talking about TERFs by saying their beliefs are garbage or their actions are garbage.
My feedback focused on the unequal way in which Twitter's existing policies have been supported. White guys making clear references to genocide, murder, stalking children, etc., get "We have to look at context, this was clearly not serious" replies while their victims get banned.
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For the record, I do hope Brett Kavanaugh's life is ruined. I hope his marriage has been irreparably strained. I hope his social life is in the toilet. I hope he feels no joy at his win. I hope he only stops waiting for the other shoe to fall when it does, like a guillotine blade
My ~*preference*~ would be that he suffer some sort of institutional consequences, even if it was merely not being confirmed to a lifetime position on the highest court in the land, where he will have power over millions.

But the right decided that's off the table.
I hope anyone who comes before the SCOTUS who is even tangentially liberal, left, or Democratic makes an issue out of his participation in the case so that he has to spend his whole career justifying and defending his presence on the bench.
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...just gives Trump and his party the full benefit of that projection, in that they get to smear their opponents while being insulated from accurate accusations. We've been ceding control of the narrative to them for decades now and it hasn't worked.
The reason @RadioFreeTom wants the Democrats to settle down and be good little children is because up until two hours ago HE WAS A REPUBLICAN and when this is all done he hopes there's a slightly more couth and presentable version of the Republican Party that's still in charge.
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There was a lot of talk about whether or not Kavanaugh's vitriolic testimony would hurt him but I didn't see a lot of neutral or centrist-identified people saying that it *should*.
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The horse race headlines are saying that Donald Trump had his best day as president, and I'm sure he felt it. He just came through a knock-down, drag-out fight and won a battle that people had been telling him to drop for weeks, so right now no one can tell him anything.
If he gets it in his head that maybe he should fire Rosenstein? No one's going to be able to talk him out of it. He might even do it just to extend the high, or see how far he can take it.
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