At Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 over the weekend, panelists Kay-B, Kaitlyn Booth, Debra Jenson, Valynne E. Maetani, Kat Martin, and Kristal Starr discuss the experience of being a woman in geek culture in the current climate.
A chance to hear from the women who make Salt Lake Comic Con and the Wasatch Front geek scene cutting edge and cool as hell.
Sometimes, being a woman online and in geek culture is not the best experience. We have to deal with our fair share of trolls, hurtful comments, and other such fun things. It's not always easy to deal with, and each of the panelists on this discussion have had our problems when it comes to the issue. We like what we do, though, and we enjoy being active in the community.
In this panel, we talk about developing that thick skin and learning how to deal with the comments in a productive way. We also discuss our careers, how we got to where we are today, and answer some questions from the audience about what to do if someone is harassing you online.