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Recently  I have taken it upon myself to begin analyzing the events and conventions I attend in the scope of understanding the appeal of adult content. Conventions are often intended for participants of all ages and interests. These are businesses, often for profit, that focus on entertainment and retention of patrons and participants as well as maintaining a positive rapport between vendors, performers, and guests. I have worked conventions both as a volunteer and as staff in coordinating and executing programming intended to both captivate and arouse the imagination and enthusiasm of attendees. Taking all of that into consideration, when it comes to programming more geeky and even more kinky, how much is too much to dissuade both patronage to these conventions and vendors and guests? And do we need more of it in our convention programming? At what point does a family-friendly event become a full after-hours party of debauchery?
From my own experiences at kink conventio...

One of the more interesting questions that I get asked when bringing new attendees to local conventions is: "Does everyone just go to their rooms and after this and fuck?" Of course, this question is asked in many different ways and not always so bluntly. Before I give my usual answer to this question I believe it important to offer some semblance of a disclaimer. The conventions I attend are all-age events or restricted to age sixteen and over. The question is also likely inspired due to the location of the conventions that I attend which do take place in hotels that connect to local convention centers or feature content in transformed hotel rooms. Disclaimer aside, my answer to their question is simply: "They do whatever they want and I wouldn't be here if there weren't measures in place for people if they find themselves in situations they don't want to be in." Combating sexual harassment and encouraging movements like "cosplay is not consent&...



Every generation romanticizes history. Those of us captivated in hobbyist or geeky interests are no exception to this notion. Throughout history, humanity often looks back in reflecting on the love of art and literature and view history in nostalgic and romanticized frameworks. But unlike most scholars rightly looking to delve where we have gone wrong in our romanticizing of history, I am going to share with you my experience with a genre that defies those notions in new and interesting ways. This newer genre of geeky culture continues to storm social media, conventions, and the imaginations of maker, cosplayer, and enthusiast alike. These are unique people who see history as a thing to be tinkered with when it comes to inspiration in drawing from centuries of culture and art. 
I had the joyous opportunity of partaking again in the largest ticketed Steampunk festival in the world: The Steampunk World’s Fair....