So, amongst my various PantheaCon posts for this year (of which I still have one to go…!), the one which has had the most traffic and has been a hot-button issue around the general Pagan Intarwebz of late is the Wiccanate Privilege discussion. However, there was another discussion, in one of the main ballrooms and on the main PantheaCon program, on “Pagans and Privilege,” which I mentioned here.
The panel was organized and moderated by T. Thorn Coyle, and included Crystal Blanton, Charlie Glickman, Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, and Elena Rose Vera. It can now be listened to here, and I highly suggest everyone who is interested in this topic do so.
[And not just because I got to ask a question and make a comment!--but, I won't say when/where in the podcast, because you NEED TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING!!!]
One of the other audience members who spoke was Tenisia (I’m not sure about the spelling of her name, for which I apologize deeply!), and she is really awesome as well, and I was able to speak with her a few times during the days after the panel. I hope to do so more in the future!
And, immediately after I made my suggestion/comment, I had someone hand me a card and say that they were putting their webmaster on editing out all of the “he/she” language from their website. I made that suggestion a while back, and I’m glad many people are making those changes now–us metagenders and other (as Charlie Glickman said) creatively-gendered individuals thank you for it! ;)
I’d not only recommend that anyone and everyone listen to this podcast, but I’d especially recommend those who still don’t think that Wiccanate Privilege is “real” listen to it, and take some of the suggestions that the panelists make into your consideration. No, privilege in itself isn’t bad, but the lack of recognition that privilege entails access, and that it allows or denies access in a variety of different ways, is the real problem that all of us loud and argumentative–and even us “reasonable”–polytheists have been speaking about and pointing out and, where necessary, calling out.