7 May

So I’m going to WisCon again this year. I knew it was going to happen, ever since NK Jemisin was announced as of the of the Guests of Honor in the Con. I’m beyond in love with the Inheritance Trilogy, and wasn’t about to miss the chance to be in the same vicinity as one of my favorite authors. A thing I didn’t play on though, was actually signing up and being accepted onto panels this year.

Now out of respect for the other panelists privacy, it’s been asked that we don’t mention the others on the panel with us. However I can tell you what panels I’m going to be on, and the date and time of those:

  • Damsels of Color
    Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm
  • We’ve seen black female leads be strong, silent, and scary when they’re darker than a paper bag. Others are the Pretty Mammy, slim, attractive, and always functioning in service to the needs of a white lead. Some would say that Strong Black Woman is a feminist archetype, while others regard it as damaging to actual black women. What about other women of color? Whether they are Sassy Latinas or Submissive Asians, are they actually being depicted as humans, or are they also in service to a white lead? Where are the damsels of color? Can women of color in fiction be vulnerable, need/want protection, and that depiction be both feminist and healing? Is there room for women of color to want time on the occasional pedestal?


  • Women of Color in Genre Television
    Sun, 4:00–5:15 pm
    Capitol A
  • Elementary, Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The last year has seen a rise in women of color on the small screen. What are the problems with this fresh representation? Where does it work, and where does it fail? What should the future bring?


I’m very excited about being on both of those panels because if there is anything I’m can wax lyrical for an hour about, it’s Women of Color in media. Especially black women. This, plus the added bonus of WisCon involving what I call The Gathering of the Black Female Nerds is a much needed diversion for life, because although the internet has helped me connect with so many great black women nerds out there, we’re so spread out that it’s nice to be able to get together and be ourselves in one space. It’s a nice little utopia, and I can’t wait to go.


2 Responses to “WisCon!!!!!”

  1. mauricem1972 May 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Those panels sound fascinating especially since there are very few women of color on genre television.

  2. dustdaughter May 27, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    I’d love to have been there for those panels. I bet books could be written on these topics alone. In fact, I hope someone does write a book, especially about the damsels of color topic.

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