So, apparently the depressed canines have discovered Monica Valentinelli. They're attacking her for rightly stepping down as one of OdysseyCon's GOHs. You know what? If you use words like "Justice" and "Virtue" as insults, I suspect you need to re-think your life choices--particularly if you see yourself as a Champion of Good™. It's another example of privilege at work. People who pull this kind of shit have their heads so firmly up their own asses that they can't conceive of an insult that they don't define. They think themselves Cyrano de Bergerac when they're actually Christian de Neuvillette.
Women are far too often blamed for being attacked and harassed. (see: "She should've fought." and/or "She shouldn't have walked down that dark street, worn that dress, or gone on a date with that asshole.") It's a no win situation. And this instance is no different. Had she followed the con's advice and "just given JF another chance" and been harassed as a result, she would've been blamed for not following her instincts. The con threw a very public fit. As a result, the depressed and/or diseased canines have taken up the asshole banner and opted for another round of Bully the Woman/Minority™. Instead of adapting to the situation and to the changes in our culture--it's apparently too much to ask that those involved make a sincere apology--they've decided to attack and blame Monica personally for the failure of the con. Business as usual. Drop the internet on her head!. Intimidation and abuse are employed because theirs is the ONLY point of view allowed. You honestly can't call yourselves the GoodGuys™ if you pull this kind of fascist shit. What floors me is that they keep insisting they're the majority. Well, if that's the case then why don't they brush off different perspectives and carry on? They're the majority! WTF do they have to worry about? Where's the threat?
The philosophy "Any means to an end." never ends well for those who employ it. They always end up on the wrong side of history. This situation is no different.
It's terrible that Monica is going through this. I'm so, so sorry. I'm ready for there to be effective laws in place to prevent this kind of abuse. (The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a cyber-abuse related case recently. They're defending a Jewish woman from online harassment by white supremacists.) How much longer must women and minorities suffer through this shit before there is an end to it?
 Con attendance is the con's responsibility. Looking after the fans who attend? Also the con's responsibility. That's why none of this makes any sense. They've pretty much doomed the con at this point.
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