Update on PantyCon Kerfuffle

Well, a few days ago, the PantyCon authors apologized in responses to Jonathan Korman’s open letter. It’s in three responses to the original post, linked above. Go read it, I’ll wait.

So, basically, they hadn’t realized it would be taken the wrong way, they’re sorry they contributed to an ongoing problem, and they’ll be more careful about it in the future. I’m not certain I’m entirely satisfied–to my mind, an apology shouldn’t spend so much time explaining, as that starts to sound like making excuses after a bit–but it isn’t my satisfaction which is of primary concern. Still, it is an apology, and it does show some awareness of what went wrong and why.

That last bit, though, where the authors defend their choice to apologize anonymously and get in a last dig at Pantheacon…

Good form through the routine, but you stumbled on the dismount, there.

Look, I can understand apologizing anonymously. I think it would have been stronger to come forward, but I see their reasons. But that last bit reads like a slap at everyone who made complaints about PantyCon but who has been silent about the ongoing presence of problematic groups like Covenant of the Goddess and The Troth.

Thing is, people haven’t been silent on those issues, either. Many of the same folks who have been loud about PantyCon’s tone-deaf application of satire have also been loud about the weaksauce, color-blind statements from these larger organizations, issued as a PR fig-leaf more than as a commitment to stand against racism.

Racism is an ongoing problem in the Pagan community, really, in the human community. And so resistance to racism must also be an ongoing work. It didn’t start with PantyCon, and it won’t end there. We must each continue to call out what we see, and demand that it be corrected.


About Lon Sarver

Lon Sarver is a polytheist priest of Dionysos, living in the San Francisco Bay Area and contemplating (with a healthy amount of dread) making a second attempt at a career in Marriage and Family Therapy. View all posts by Lon Sarver

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