Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

After the Workshop

I taught a workshop over the last three days, one based on vampires and horror. An odd choice, because horror isn't really a love of mine, but the vampire has gone through some interesting changes over the years, from villains to anti-heroes to heroes, even. I spoke a lot about how the representation of women had changed as well in these stories, going from being victims of fallen sexuality to everything opposite and in between. I spoke about metaphors and representation. I spoke about old books and new books and old films and new films. An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a crowd favourite, which, y'know, there are worse things right?

It felt good to be able to talk about those things. After weeks of watching a female Prime Minister reduced to her 'big red box' and being given questions about the sexuality of her partner, after the Australian Army announcing a systemic culture of abuse to women was in their ranks, after reading blog posts about women being subjected to sexual harassment in science fiction cons, and hearing about female journalists that have been raped in Egypt... it was nice to be able to talk about how the representation of women, somewhere, had changed. Horror fiction is not a shining light of womens rights, not by any definition, and I said once that it was a deep pool of crap in which you had to fish out the good work, but there are other genres like that, as well. It's not unique to horror.

But it was nice, still.

Now, however, it is time to return to writing Innocence.

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