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KerenL
Remember ? That sff con we're all excited about? The one my kids, who will be 12 and 16, can't wait to get to? The one which charges 12€ per hour if you need babysitting services, which I didn't think I needed since my kids are alone in cons since they were 6?
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
Well, guess what?
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @Dublin2019
emailed teen parents yesterday, informing us that ppl under 15 must be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES. I am in 4 panels, I have a book launched in worldcon, and my kids' interests are vastly different than mine. Plus - there is NO REASON to chaperone my kids!
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
Except one - alcohol will be served in open venues in the convention, and Irish laws forbid ppl under 18 to roam free where alcohol is served. Here are a few ways to solve this: 1. Sell alcohol only in one venue, keep the rest alcohol free. 2. Sell alcohol after a certain hour.
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Klil H. Neori Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
3. Don't sell alcohol in the convention. Has Dublin run out of pubs?
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
3. Lower babysitting services costs to 5€ per day. 4. Allocate volunteers to chaperone teens. I emailed the suggestions to the con staff. Their response - only a fraction of the visitors are at the problematic age, and therefore basically it's the parents' problem.
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
You know how we call it when theres a problem that affects a fraction of the population but we still go through efforts to make a place welcoming to all? Accessibility!
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @khneori
Don't get me started...
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
When we have gender neutral toilets, microphones, chairs everywhere, elevators, it helps EVERYONE. When you dismiss the problem YOU DIDN'T INFORM US ABOUT three weeks before the con, when it's too late to make any changes, you need to do better than "it's a fraction".
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
Being a parent to teens is exhausting, frustrating and sometimes just shitty. The one place where I believed there shouldn't be a problem, where my kids will be safe and free to follow their interests and interact without my constant supervision is in my community.
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
What the f, worldcon, what the f.
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MKKare Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
Do you mind if I post excerpts of this to the SMOFSlist? It’s a mailing list for con runners and nothing has been said about this. It might help.
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KerenL Jul 17
Replying to @MKKare
Yes, thank you!
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MKKare Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed
Okay. I hope it will help. But it might not. You just never know with that list.
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Yuval Kfir Jul 17
Y'know, there's one positive message from this fiasco: "our" guys, you and your friends, do it so much better over here at . This would never have gone over quietly (if it would have happened at all in the first place).
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David Azzageddi🇺🇸 #immigrant #Warren2020 #ITMFA Jul 17
Replying to @smallweed @Dublin2019
I want to see fix this. However, I'll state this now: If you (meaning anyone) need me to chaperone your kids while I'm at the con, then as long as they don't mind just tagging along with me to panels and stuff and they're well-behaved, I am totally up for it.
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Sue Bursztynski Jul 18
Replying to @smallweed
No alcohol at Aussiecon, not even the wake for Richard III! The hotel wanted to charge $$$$...
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Has Worldcon crud Jul 18
Oh and, to be clear, we are not saying she should be able to wander about the convention with no adults at 3am, hang around in the bar or spend entire days with no contact from us. Just the same reasonable freedoms she would have outside the convention centre during the day.
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KerenL Jul 18
No alcohol is allowed in as well. In all of the Israeli cons, actually.
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Sue Bursztynski Jul 18
It must make things easier for families!
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