By the time the panel began, the room was standing room only. There were people dressed in every sort of BDSM attire and many folks like myself in jeans and tees. The panel began and there was one emcee and several different 'presenters'. I say this because they did not present in the usual fashion of presenters at a con. They acted out scenes and talked of scene etiquette. They talked about their personal preferences, play dates, Munches, and many other things. At one point they all got mad at 50 Shades stating it gave them a bad reputation. They were all well informed and comfortable with the subject matter. This was very well organized and in some was one of the best panels I had been to.
I had been alarmed since I saw what was happening in the row in front of me and saw it progress. Now, I was feeling really uncomfortable and pretty miffed. I was a noob in what I thought of as a class for noobs and they were talking wayyyyyy over my head. This was not a 101 class but a 501 class. The final straw was the row in front of me. The girl was being pawed by both the male and female while the female was being pawed by the dude next to her. EWWW. Not something I wanted to see, like ever and certainly not in a panel at a con. I looked to the very few rows behind me and to my shock they were all empty. There were many seats open in the rows in front of me but I did not notice that the entire back was empty. HOLY COW!!! This was freedom. There were already enough people that had left one more would certainly not be any worse than the 200 or so before me. I was outta there as fast as my chubby legs would take me. FREE I WAS FREEEEEE!