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Swancon is coming! Swancon is coming!
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
So what would we like to do? We have also been offered a couple of slots in the Main Programme. So what would we like to do with those?

Perhaps we should have a celebration of Marianne de Pierre's feminist works? Run a meet and greet? Any one got any big essays of women/children/family/sexuality/gender in spec fic? Happy for us to have a session on feminist papers if any one wants to do a bit of a speech? Or we could do interpretive dance of oru favourite spec fic TV shows and books?

Who's got some ideas? Who wants to be on the panels/dances? TALK TO ME NOW!

the 545 test
hairy legged feminist
 just launched the 545 test, as created during gynacon, over on the 52 acts blog

In the spirit of the Bechdel test (http://bechdeltest.com/), the 545 test asks: given the ratio of male to female incidental characters (background characters) described within a given text, could the population of a world sustain itself?

go check it out and spread the meme!

Accessibility, taking action
Oh Jonathon!
At the Gynaecon panel on accessibility, I promised to do some quick research so as to enable people to lobby the Hyatt for changes in an effective way and to enable us to help WASFF help future concommittees with choosing more accessible venues.

So, here is the information I have pulled together.

* Here is the information Karen Babcock used to put together the disability survey for WorldCon which apparently worked well: http://www.lawandsociety.org/ann_mtg/am08/disability_info.htm
* And here is the survey she used: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AqBgToXNacS7dGlQZTdXQXZDT3ZQU2hKMXV1c3E0bXc&hl=en#gid=0
* I contacted the Disability Services Commission and their advice is to contact the Hyatt directly and then, if unsatisfied with their response, to contact the Equal Opportunity Commission and the City of Perth.
* And a site to record the conversation: http://wiki.sf.org.au/Accessibility

So, I've emailed the Hyatt and would encourage others to do the same. I have not heard back from them yet.

I will contact WASFF in a while, once people have had a chance to talk this over.

2012 reminder
SF/F scrapbookiong and paper arts.

gynaecraft. Devote half a day to crafting. Easter bonnets with a SF/F theme.

Knit Your Own Boob Sess
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
I have recently hit my stride with Crochet, and we happen to have babalon_93  around this year. BYO hook and wool, and let's gave an Open Source Boob Project! We can hand them out to people if we have the urge LOL

Who else is interested?

Open Source Boobs

Open Source Boob Hat

Clothes swap

Is anyone interested in doing a clothes swap at Swancon? I am staying at the Good Earth but am happy to host one.


Stuff at Swancon
Will there be a memorial for Diana Wynne Jones?

Will there be a clothing swap at Swancon? If so, will keep some kids' clothing.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Swancon is only a couple of months away! It's time to start thinking of Gynaecon stuff to do and talk about. What things in Fandom warrant further discussion?

We're also looking for volunteers to run with some of the ideas we come up with! 

So every one please get your thinking caps on... and let's start thinking about it!

Nominations for DUFF 2011
Oh Jonathon!
Nominations for DUFF 2011

Since 1972 the Down Under Fan Fund, a fan-supported fellowship, has encouraged closer ties between science- fiction fans in Australasia and North America through an alternating exchange of representatives. DUFF delegates attend the Worldcon or a national convention in the host country and visit fans they might otherwise never meet in person. Delegates are responsible for raising funds and administering DUFF until a new delegate from their continent is elected, and are expected to publish trip reports which can be sold to aid the fund.

This time the race is for an Australian fan to travel to Renovation, 17 August 2011 to 21 August 2011 (See: http://www.renovationsf.org/).

Nominations for the Australasia to US trip must be received by the administrators by midnight Thursday 31 March 2011. This year voting will close 20th May 2011. DUFF is entirely fan/volunteer run by the winning candidates from the previous election.

Nominations can be sent to:

American DUFF Administrator
John F Hertz
236 S Coronado St #409
Los Angeles CA 90057
Phone: (213)384-6622
Email: john_hertz2010@hotmail.com

Australian DUFF Administrator
Emma Hawkes
9/36 Cape Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
Phone: (08) 9443 4581
Email: ehawkes@iinet.net.au

Anyone may nominate who is active in fandom. “Active in fandom” means involved in fannish pursuits such as fanfic writing or reading, convention running or attending, amateur film/video production, or club participation, or online participation in fannish life,, or fanzine editing, etc.

For the Australasian-US trip, each candidate must be nominated by three Australasian fans and two North American fans. Each candidate will have a written platform and promises (barring Acts of God) to travel to the 2011 WorldCon, and to serve as administrator of the fund until the next American delegate is elected.

Nominations for DUFF are to be accompanied by a 150 word platform and a donation of of $25 for DUFF. Payment can be made by paypal to ehawkes@iinet.net.au or by cheque to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Victoria 3131 or to John Hertz , 246 S Coronado St #409, Los Angeles CA 90057.

You can find more information from Emma (ehawkes@iinet.net.au) or John Hertz (john_hertz2010@hotmail.com).

Gynaecon Clothes Swap
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
10am at kitsune_iii 's place. If you need the address, please email myself or her to find out.
Sunday 18th
(Next Sunday)

If you're coming and have a spare five minutes, please consider bringing a plate for morning tea. Kids welcome! 

I have about 40 pairs of size 8 shoes coming along, plus a whole pile of clothes. PLease bring clothes, jewellery, anything you think still has life in it, but is cluttering up your home. I will also be bringing some baby clothes from 00 - 1s.