Over the past couple of days, you may have noticed a social media explosion surrounding GeekGirl Con, which just happens to be the next con on Razorgirl’s schedule.
We were just as shocked by the email blast and the allegations in it as, we think, everyone was.
As details emerged, beginning with GGC’s response, it became clear that the original email was misleading. It used terms like “racism” and “gender discrimination” to describe perceived discrimination against white people and men. Let us be clear: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism…these are all words that have, at the core of their meanings, an imbalance of power, and because of that imbalance, they are one-way streets.
In recent years, in response to some much-needed criticism about being a more inclusive space, GGC made some changes to their structure, and we applaud this. That those changes were used as an excuse to push for a place less inclusive, less safe for marginalized groups, is appalling.
Razorgirl has made it part of our company’s mission that we stand for the voices of marginalized people. We strive to be good allies to the groups we are not a part of, and to speak out loudly for those we are.
In this case, we stand with GeekGirl. We support their commitment to being an intersectional safe space. We believe that the shift in convention leadership will result in a safer, more inclusive con for everyone.
Most of all, we believe that it is important to stand against racism, sexism, and any form of power-based discrimination.
We’ll be at GeekGirl Con in October, and we hope to see you there.