Niall Harrison (coalescent) wrote in instant_fanzine,
Niall Harrison
coalescent
instant_fanzine

As Others Might See Us

On the Eastercon mailing list today:
I have read the draft programme for Odyssey over the weekend and am dismayed at the number of bondage workshops which appear. I feel most strongly that they give the wrong impression of the convention, have nothing to do with science fiction and have no place at an Eastercon. [...] Most people are broad-minded enough, for sure, but there are *so many* bondage items in the programme - plus several poly items - that it's as prominent as the comics stream.


Are you attending Eastercon?

Yes
33(67.3%)
No
14(28.6%)
Maybe, and I'm more likely to attend now that I know about the bondage workshops
1(2.0%)
Maybe, but I'm less likely to attend now that I know about the bondage workshops
1(2.0%)

Are you dismayed at the number of bondage workshops in the programme?

Yes, there are too many!
17(37.0%)
Yes, there are too few!
2(4.3%)
No
27(58.7%)

What proportion of the programme should be devoted to bondage, rather than comics?

A greater proportion should be devoted to bondate than to comics
3(6.5%)
These two topics should get equal time
1(2.2%)
A greater proportion should be devoted to comics than to bondage
42(91.3%)

Should the Odyssey committee remove the bondage items from the programme?

Yes, some of them
11(26.2%)
Yes, all of them
8(19.0%)
No
21(50.0%)
No, and they should add more
2(4.8%)

Is the correct solution to add a panel about bondage in comics?

Yes
30(61.2%)
No
19(38.8%)


EDIT: Committee response (see also comments)
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