Tags: access , boobs , feminism , open source boob project , pride , touching. Some people who frequently post very intelligent things said some pretty worthwhile stuff in strong opposition to the idea. I read it and could understand where they were coming from, but it seemed like a bit of an over-reaction to me. I do think though that the idea of this being a thing that happened at a lot of different conventions with the whole button idea and everything isn't so great. I do feel that it would change SF conventions in a way that made them less welcoming to women in general. And that was seemingly what the suggestion was originally.
Luckily, Liz H has posted an excellent discussion of the whole episode read the comments on that entry too , along with useful links to various other people's comments. And links to the original post and various followups; the original event as described by the original poster see below for a couple other people's descriptions sounds both more innocuous in some ways and much creepier in other ways than I had assumed from the original description I heard. And there are some good comments in Tempest's initial entry and her followup. Also tattoos. Okay, this is a tangent, but I can't resist: someone in the comments on that plasticsturgeon entry pointed to Rent-a-Negro. The FSFwiki has an excellent and detailed summary and set of links for the whole discussion, including links to people who participated in the "project" either at the original con or at the second one where it happened; part of the problem was certainly the way that the original poster described things. See novapsyche's description of her experience , for example, and netmouse's description of her experience plus the comments thread there.
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The SuperHeroHype Forums. Joined: Nov 14, Messages: 9, Likes Received: 0. Personally, I think it was a bad idea and something I wouldn't do, but I wonder if there wouldn't be such hate towards this guy if he had simply asked for people's opinion about his "project" rather than simply saying "this is a good idea and I'm going to organize it. Plus he does pretty much make himself look like the socially-awkward creepy geeks that makes the rest of us look bad. And I misspelled "source.