The response to that exact scenario by one group of convention staffers this weekend has enraged and polarized a fandom, driven one convention staffer offline in a wave of harassment, and led to a clash between two regional conventions.
The Bay Area Brony Spectacular Con, which took place over the weekend, is a fandom convention for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. While most bronies and young fans of the show came for events like the “Hoof-wrestlin’ rumble” and panels like “How to draw a pony,” some visited the convention as vendors or to promote their own events.
Here’s my question: If the “rulers” of geekdom, ie con organizers, comic book publishers, movie executives, continue to say “nothing is wrong” and basically act as apologists for the various levels of misogynist culture that is rampant, and all the women get together and say fuck off to the industry as a whole, what then? What will they do without the biggest purchasing demo in the country? Will that be enough to get them to admit there’s a problem?