LeatherFET or How to Fail at Organizing a Community Uniting Event.

3 09 2010

Charlotte Pano by James Willamor. Used under Creative Commons License, click for details.

What I write today is simply an opinion, my opinion.  I derived my opinion from my experiences in the local community.  I welcome all feed back and critiques.

LeatherFET was a fascinating event concept. Unite both the leather communities and the fetish communities for a party that would rock Charlotte all weekend.  Have good history and education track. Invite John Baku down for the keynote. Sounds wonderful. Can’t fail right?

Hmm, let us see what someone can do to make it fail. Let us take someone who has threatened to take the board of directors for a local BDSM education organization to court, left threatening voicemails that target a board member, her child and husband, and lost her sash and put them in charge of the whole event.  Put in charge of education someone who continually feels compelled to apologize to the community for her outbursts. Sell the event as an annual event even though it never happened before.

And belittle those who object to the leaders of the event as not supporting community building.

Yep the perfect way to have an event fail in my opinion. Most of the established community in Charlotte won’t be attending, I know I am with them. And I hope you won’t be either.

While I think the idea is a wonderful one, one I wish I could support. But in order to build connections in the community you have to have the respect of those in the community. I don’t have respect any longer for those associated with the event. One is known for the company we keep. And I choose to keep away.

If you want to read someone else’s opinion about the latest events in the Charlotte kink community, click here. (FetLife Membership required).

Peace.

MV

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3 responses

18 05 2011
Pyro

Having vended at LeatherFet last year I wish you had contacted the venders, many of whom drove great distances, to give us some info prior to the event.

18 05 2011
MasterVoid

Sorry Pyro. I reached out to many that I knew, but most had already committed to the event and were unwilling to change. I didn’t want to reach out to every vendor as that might be seen as being petty or manipulative.

The events that occurred happened before most of us were aware of LeatherFet.

Sorry for not reaching out to you.

18 05 2011
Pyro

No need to apologize, I just wish I had the info prior to the event. I have to say its not likely that we will go back after the debacle last year.

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