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icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-02-19 09:31 pm

Paul Cornell is looking for gender parity at Con panels...

From Paul Cornell's website

"Okay, so this was something I came up with yesterday, and it's mad, and is, frankly, a rod for my own back, but what the hell, it's going to make this coming year a lot more interesting.

I think there should be gender parity on every panel at every convention. I'm after 50/50, all the time. I want that in place as an expectation, as a rule. Now, to make that happen, what really should be done is a ground-up examination of society, huge changes at the heart of things which would automatically lead to women being equally represented everywhere, not just on convention panels. Well, we've all wanted that and worked for that for decades, especially those of us in fandom, and it just hasn't happened. So, this year, I've decided that I'm going to approach this problem via the only moral unit I'm in charge of: me. I'm going to approach this problem from the other end. And this approach is going to be very much that of a blunt instrument.

If I'm on, at any convention this year, a panel that doesn't have a 50/50 gender split (I'll settle for two out of five), I'll hop off that panel, and find a woman to take my place.

There's more text at the website, but I'm impressed by his initiative.

So, thoughts people? :)

For legality, the cover to Demon Knights 7 by Mike Choi, which includes a rather impressive outfit for the Questing Queen, a little action-figure-y perhaps, but given my Saint Seiya tastes, that's not really a problem for me! :)

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[personal profile] stubbleupdate 2012-02-20 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
Gail Simone will be very, very busy at Con Season

[personal profile] gerardotejada 2012-02-20 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Thats the first reason I think this is a bad strategy
Did Cornell do a research at DC? Doesnt he knows that the last 7 or 8 years almost every women in DC has moved away (half the creators to be fair, from Dixon to Yost and from Rucka to Waid)

WARNING both All-Star Western and Demon Knights are border line to cancellation. Palmotti and Grey have already asked for help BUY ALL STAR WESTERN. Cornell have already left Stormwatch, dont let his book go under 20k (It is already below 25k)
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[personal profile] stubbleupdate 2012-02-20 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
I'm really not sure what cancellation figures has to do with this.