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Staging an Intervention

Next month, I’m going to an Intervention. You should too, and bring your friends!

Intervention, now in its fifth year, bills itself as “The Premier Showcase of Online Creativitry: Blogs, Videos, Podcasts, and Makers”. That’s pretty accurate from what I’ve seen, and I’ve been going for the last three years. From a distance, it looks a lot like many other sci-fi and fantasy cons, but you aren’t likely to find big media stars here signing autographs. At Intervention, you have folks like you and me who are building their own legend from the ground up, and would love to invite you to enjoy the process!

“So, Shok,” you ask, “you’re a known Internet kinkster. Why are you recommending this event? Are there special late-night panels? Hallways full of revealing cosplay? Workshops on making your own bawdy videos?”

Intervention has none of the above, I’ll tell you now. (Though I’m ready to do the last one if the chairperson ever likes the idea.) Oh, they’ve had some great burlesque shows, adult-only art jams, and I’m sure the occasional Cards Against Humanity game; but this con isn’t about kink at all. What this con is about is expressing yourself creatively, in art, music, writing, costume, or any other medium. As the doors of the mainstream open wider and wider to take curious looks at us, and as we look for ways to say the things we want to say to the world, the lessons and connections to be found at this event are invaluable. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

In addition, let me quote from their Harassment Policy: “Intervention is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, choice of CMS platform, or operating system. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.” Intervention is DEAD SERIOUS about this, which is a perfect reason to go right there. This is a place where you can be you, and that’s more imprtant than ever.

Take a look at their website: they’ve got many amazing things to offer. Come and meet Stormygoddess and me and say hi; and tell Oni you’d really like to see that late-night panel on making bawdy slapstick video!

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