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The Last Word

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the ongoing conversation about the NoirCon painting of me. That was my intention from the beginning, to encourage dialog about the default sexual stereotypes in our genre and ask people to think before perpetuating them, ironically or otherwise.

Yes, it made me angry, and I encourage women everywhere to speak up when you are angry. Don't let pressure to be polite or fear of being branded as a bitchy cunt who's probably on her period or something stop you from speaking up when something makes you mad.

But understand that it was never my intention to vilify organizer Lou Boxer or nuke NoirCon, which remains one of my favorite crime-related events in the US. 

I will not be driven out of the boys club by this. I plan to attend the next NoirCon and keep the dialog going. I hope to see you all there.

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whiskeychick
Nov. 12th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I never took that you vilified anyone involved with NoirCon. I totally took what you did as a dialog. Good on you for speaking up, speaking out, and driving on. Just more evidence of why I'm a fan of yours.
octoberland
Nov. 12th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had seen you make some tweets about this but hadn't yet seen the cover. I just went and looked and I would have been offended too. Good on you for speaking up and encouraging others to do so as well. Hopefully someday women will be seen as something more than either bitchy or victims.
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