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Keren Landsman
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
Replying to @smallweed
Well, guess what?
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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 17 Jul 19
Replying to @smallweed
What the f, worldcon, what the f.
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David Åzzageddi 🖖🏻 BLM 🗽 ʻOhana 🌈 VoteBlue 💙 17 Jul 19
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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Keren Landsman 18 Jul 19
Replying to @azzageddi @Dublin2019
Thank you!
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