Track a problem to its source: A #YesAllWomen Follow-up


“Peace is a virtue. A state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence and justice. It is not simply the absence of war.” — Wonder Woman #199.

As of right now, well over a thousand people have read my #YesAllWomen post in the last forty-eight hours, and I’ve gotten more comments, tweets, and new connections than I have since the not a pretty girl series.

Sooooo I’m guessing I struck a chord.

The positive support I’ve received from friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers is overwhelming. Seriously, I’m overwhelmed, I have a headache right now. People from Crypticon have reached out to me to talk about how they can make the con experience better. Other people have gotten in touch just to talk more about horror. And a lot of women have spoken up to say “Yeah. Yeah, that.”

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#YesAllWomen: Creeps and Crypts and the War on Women

ETA 6/4: Hey, I’ve written a follow-up post!

ETA2 6/4: Since this post was published Crypticon has put together a Code of Conduct prominently displayed on their home page, which is awesome. Thank you again to everyone who reached out, took my concerns seriously, and took immediate action.


I went to Crypticon 2014 to be creeped out, not to be creeped on.

Ugh, I sort of hate starting this post off like that, because in many ways I really enjoyed my first time at Crypticon. Elisa and I went primarily to meet the Soska Sisters, the directors of American Mary, a horror movie I highly recommend for people interested in female-centric horror and with a strong stomach. (There’s a graphic sequence of rape and several of graphic gore, surgery, and torture. Fun!) I was hoping to meet Doug Jones too, but timing didn’t work out. But we got to meet the twins, with Elisa dressed as American Mary herself, and they were incredible:

Jen Soska hugging Elisa while Sylvia looks on in GLEE

Believe it or not, these adorable ladies create horrifying yet compelling blood-soaked movies!

Jen Soska, Elisa as Mary Mason, Sylvia Soska.


They were sweet, kind, and generous with their time, not to mention eloquent in their panel. Meeting them was inspirational in the best way. Continue reading