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There are very few things that offend me so much I feel the need to blog about it. Especially when several others have already done so.

But this.

But this.

"At Penguicon, we had buttons to give away. There were two small buttons, one for each camp: A green button that said, "YES, you may" and a red button that said "NO, you may not." And anyone who had those buttons on, whether you knew them or not, was someone you could approach and ask:

"Excuse me, but may I touch your breasts?"

And if you weren't a total lout - the women retained their right to say no, of course - they would push their chests out, and you would be allowed into the sanctity of it. That exchange of happiness where one person are told with gropes and touches that they are desirable and the other is someone who's allowed to desire.

For a moment, everything that was awkward about high school would fade away and you could just say what was on your mind. It was as though parts of me were being healed whenever I did it, and I touched at least fifteen sets of boobs at Penguicon. It never got old, surprisingly.

Some women didn't want to. That was fine. We never demanded anything of anyone. And if you didn't want to put yours up for the Project but you wanted to touch, well, that was fine, too. It was simply for folks who felt like being open.

It was a raging success at Penguicon.... And there haven't been any hookups that I know of thanks to the Open-Source Boob Project. It is, as I said, a very special thing. (Though I wouldn't rule it out if two single people exchanged a moment.) And we'll probably do it at other cons, because it's strangely wholesome and sexual at the same time.

I've left off the names, because frankly, people should reveal for themselves whether they're Open-Sourcers or not. Not everyone wants to go public with it, and what happens at the con stays at the con. But trust me. If you are, and I meet you, I will ask. And you'll understand the beauty and simplicity of the Open-Source Boob Project for yourself.

Touch the magic, my friends. Touch the magic."


What the fuck.

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK.

ANYone who looks at this and says it is harmless? HAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEM. And guess what? Even women with the "No" buttons got groped. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

Great job showing that sci fi geeks and comic geeks are open to females in their fandom. Great job making everyone feel safe. I feel unsafe just reading this.

YOU DO NOT GO TO A COMIC CONVENTION TO GROPE PEOPLE. FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL CONSENT TO LET YOU IN PRIVATE. IF YOU CAN'T, THEN GO CRY OR SOMETHING. OR GO TO A...SEX CONVENTION. BUT I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.

"What happens at the con, stays at the con?" Holy fucking shit, does he have any idea the connotations that phrase has?


"Touch the magic, my friends. Touch the magic." THAT IS NOT MAGIC. Those are BOOBS. They are perfectly natural. You see them every day. Just like I'd doubtless see your fucking erections everyday They belong to whoever owns them. People shouldn't need to wear a button to not get groped. NOBODY should go to a sci fi convention and expect to be groped.

" It was as though parts of me were being healed whenever I did it" BOOBS ARE NOT A PSYCHIATRIST. WHAT ARE YOU BEING HEALED FROM? Being rejected in high school? That time Connie teased you about your zits? Boo fucking hoo. At least you didn't have to put up with people staring at your ass or making cat calls. OH WAIT, I bet you were THAT guy. Whatever your sob story is, I can have it multiplied by eighty. I've been teased, hit, and groped, abused and used by all kinds of guys. THAT IS HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA TODAY. I deal with it. I don't need to "heal" myself by grabbing random fanboy's balls.

I..can't talk about this anymore. The rage is too much. I really, really hate my fandom at times.

A funnier and better proposal:

http://misia.livejournal.com/1055120.html

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parsimonia
Apr. 28th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Why did no one tell me my boobs were magical? And there I thought I'd need to speak backwards or buy a wand in Diagon Alley...

I really hope this doesn't become a trend at cons. I just don't understand this level of entitlement.
the_narration
Apr. 29th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
They did WHAT!?!

What the fuck? WHAT THE FUCK?

I... I don't think I'll ever understand how some people think. What the hell makes them think shit like this is okay?

I can completely understand the desire for an Open Source Swift Kick to the Balls Project. I'm not a woman and I feel like kicking somebody in the balls after reading about this. And punching them in the face. Repeatedly. And maybe wreaking a kneecap. Bunch of assholes.
scottyquick
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I registed on LiveJournal to comment on this ...
Are you serious? I genuinely thought this was a parody of nerdy-fanboys-who-can't-get-any . But you actually have to wear a button so people know not to sexual assault you? I really really don't like this guy. I know I would hate it if I had to wear a button so women didn't come out of nowhere and grab my genitalia.

There is a difference between being open and being taken advantage of. And it's not like the difference between villain and anti-hero, which is messy and unclear. Being open is being like Occasional Superheroine. Being an advantage-taker-ofer is groping some girl's breast at a comic book convention.

I know I'm rambling and repeating things but I just can't believe that this is true. I still haven't fully processed it yet.

On a different note, I loved your meme with the 10 characters and the SpeedySpoiler teamup.
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