Porn Crushes the Patriarchy!
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M.
"Erotica for women is coming into the mainstream--novels from the pioneering Black Lace line are now available in trade paperback editions, shelved among the romance novels, which have long been described as 'porn for women,' and several major publishers (Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, etc.) have begun lines of women's erotica in the last couple of years. Publishers go where the money is, but what made the market favorable for erotica right now? Who's buying the books? Was the renaissance encouraged by online publishers such as Ellora's Cave? And does reading (and writing) porn really crush the patriarchy? "
M: Victoria Janssen; Mary Anne Mohanraj, Leanne Shawler, Connie Wilkins, Diane Greenlee
Captain Jack's Big Gay Torchwood
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
"The 21st century is when everything changes, and you've got to be ready.' Is Torchwood breaking new ground, or just depending on our prurient tastes to grab viewers? Or both? Or neither? How do the gay relationships on the show compare with the straight ones? Finally, let's hold a comparison among the various gay kisses portrayed on the show. "
M: Naamen Tilahun, Jennifer Pelland, Mary Kay Kare, Penny Hill, Victoria Janssen
Being the Heroine of a Romance Novel Doesn't Make Me Weak
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
"Romance novel heroines of today match their male counterparts in careers, magical powers and even sex. These aren't your grandmother's romances! Come discuss the empowered women of the modern romance, and how their presence has or hasn't changed the romance narrative -- and why."
M: Victoria Janssen, Lori Devoti, Chris Merrill, Diane Greenlee, Betsy Urbik