social norms

That’s Gross Don’t Do That

Pantheacon, 2015 Standing in line for the Green Fairy Party. Someone peers at my badge, scans my name. Turns to friend and says “Oh, that’s nobody famous. Let’s go see if we can find  —–.” Pantheacon 2017 At a suite event. Hostess is openly charmed by my boyfriend. I thank her for her hospitality, she half glares and mumbles something. She engages my boyfriend again and he says we have to leave for the Llewellyn author’s party. “Oh, are you an author?” she asks him. “No, my girlfriend is!” She asks what I wrote and her demeanor changes from borderline hostile […]