At my recent panel at Emerald City Comicon, called “Looking Past the Target Audience: Gender, Race, and Geek Identity Politics,” we as a group of panelists were fully aware that we would not be able to cover a topic this huge in scope and complexity in the short amount of time allotted.
This is, briefly, what we discussed in the panel:
- Geek identity politics
- Questions of and challenges to authenticity
- Diversity in creative teams, in fantasy worlds, and in fandom
- Visibility of marginalized groups in pop culture fandom and popular media
- Internalized “-isms” such as internalized sexism
- Gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, and other
- Backlash against greater diversity in creative industries like comic books, films, and games
- Progress made
One could probably make a panel about each one of these bullet points alone.
While we took audience questions via Twitter, we did not have enough time to get to all of them. Afterwards, we decide to answer the remaining questions on a group Tumblr blog. We’ll also be using the blog to answer further questions and continue to raise awareness of the issues that we covered in the ECCC panel.
We also want to try and have this panel at future conventions (if we can get it approved, of course), so that more people can be involved in the discussion and be aware of these issues.
So, if learning about the intersection of social issues and popular media and culture is of interest, or if you’d like to follow the conversation, check out the blog (and follow it on Tumblr).