Fandom

Gaslighting 101 – Protecting Yourself in Toxic Fandoms


Panel 1 March 10, 2019 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

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TaLynn Kel

Those of us in marginalized communities find ourselves under attack for seeking or creating spaces that represent us. We find ourselves in emotionally challenging situations without understanding how we got there, often because of gaslighting.

This workshop will explain what gaslighting is and help you recognize this manipulation tactic used to silence marginalized voices in fandom. Author/cosplayer TaLynn Kell will provide you with information and tools to empower you as you make space for yourself in geek culture.

We’ll discuss real world examples of how this tactic is used and provide ways to wither, avoid, or take control of conversations that otherwise would leave you feeling confused and compromised. This will be an interactive experience, but participation is not mandatory.