Con con: I am new to the yaoi community and I attended the [convention] Eliza Strickland wrote about ["Drawn Together," Nov. 1]. She took so much of it out of context and seemed to deliberately make the auction and the conference in general into a seedy event. I attended the conference with my straight boyfriend. There were straight men in attendance and participating in the auction.
Yes, I will say that the story lines do cross boundaries and I do not pretend otherwise. However, there is a lot more to the genre than sex. It's about the relationships.
These are written by women, for women, and about all-male couples.
It is not the equivalent of girl-on-girl porn for men; those often do not have a decent plot line. I think if you had spent a little time talking to the folks who had started the conference and read a bit more on the Web site, you might have found better descriptions than just a few fans. I realize that not everyone you quoted was uneducated about this genre of manga, but you didn't seem to try and find more than one "un-titillating" person to interview.
Because I am new to this, I will not pretend to know all about it. I am only writing to say that you did not do the conference justice in your representation of it. There were many discussion panels that covered topics from "How to Review Fan Fics" to an "Art & Anatomy" discussion (where the models were dressed, I might add). Maybe you should have discovered more about the other events that went on, including the art auction and doll tea party.
District 6 beat-down: I am interested by the District 6 race and by the complexities of what both candidates stand for, but this article does not explore either [Matt Smith, Nov. 1]. Instead, our attention is drawn by a reference in the title to a female wrestler, who features in one part of the article and has absolutely no relevance to anything else within the article, and then, as we wonder what the point of this article actually is, the writer sums up by suggesting that one candidate, Rob Black, is going to ban swearing in District 6? This strikes me as shallow, childish, and pointless conjecture. Why waste your time writing it?
PR? PU: It isn't very surprising that it is Jim Sutton, and possibly the public relations firm of Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst, Lauter and Partners (BMWL), who is behind the stealth attacks against Supervisor Daly's re-election campaign ["Stealth Dollars," Oct. 25]. As A.C. Thompson correctly noted, Sutton has a long history of running afoul of campaign finance laws to influence election outcomes.
Perhaps the only way to stop Jim Sutton's, Jim Stearns', and Mark Mosher's undue influence over public policy decisions in San Francisco is to start handing election defeats to politicians who keep hiring this trio.
After all, progressive San Francisco voters don't need the Newsom/Alioto-Pier/Harris/Chan/Black cabal driven by Republican Jim Sutton's conservative vision of public policy running the city, or controlling election outcomes. Hopefully, Ethics Commission executive director John St. Croix will thoroughly investigate Sutton's probable continuing violation of campaign disclosure laws.
What San Francisco may need is tougher campaign disclosure laws that will prohibit repeat offenders from engaging in future political campaigns. That may be the only way to stop the questionable behavior. For people like Sutton who continue to be possible repeat offenders of campaign financing laws, perhaps a lifetime restraining order may be in order. Perhaps then, politicians will be forced to stop hiring Sutton and campaign advisers of his ilk.
I'm glad someone has made a movie about our bridge ["Suicide Club," Oct. 25]. I cannot presume to know [director Eric Steel's] intentions for this. What I hope is that finally a barrier will be built. And it won't be a day too soon.
In the 1970s I knew two young men. One jumped and died. The other tried twice and made the news because he survived suffering no physical injuries. What's shocking is not this movie, but that there still is no barrier after so many decades of successful suicides.
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