WisCon is a ‘feminist science fiction convention.’ On it’s homepage it says:
“This is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. WisCon encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon welcomes writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes as well as their many fans. We have panel discussions, academic presentations, and readings as well as many other uncategorizable events. WisCon is primarily a book-oriented convention… with an irrepressible sense of humor.”
[Emphasis mine: you’ll see.]
Via Instapundit, writer Elizabeth Moon (who I’ve never read, but the name rings a bell) was invited to be the guest of honor at this year’s iteration of WisCon. Then she wrote this blog post about citizenship, and immigration, and Muslims. It’s not bad; I don’t agree with every single thing in it (to wit: Tea Partiers are rabid right wingers and selfish to boot, sez she) but the overall thrust, especially the discussion of good citizenship, was quite good. I’d give it around 8 out of 10; it flows, it makes you think, it’s got a nice beat but you can’t dance to it.
However (you knew there was a however coming): her comments on the immigrant experience, in particular as regards to Muslims, have drawn some ire. As have the bits about the general Muslim reaction to 9-11. You can find some examples at the Instapundit post linked above – go give the guy some traffic, willya? – but, long story short, she’s been disinvited to be GoH at WisCon as a result.
I guess you could call it her WisCon – sin.
[See? See what I did there? I checked half a dozen other blogs to make sure they didn’t beat me to that joke.]