Now when I was reading about cons and the wild parties there, back in the old days that was a principle thing that made me want to attend. It is no longer. A couple of the older guests were reminiscing about the wild parties and nudity of the old days. It isn’t going to happen unless we bring back the interest of the young people. To be honest with you, had most of the people I saw there disrobed I would have left. You need young people for skimpy outfits and nudity to work. Lets be honest, if you are over 40 and can still take your clothes off to appreciation of the opposite sex they either are very drunk or you are going immediately into something more personal than a party. The skimpy clothing still exists, you just have to have more than the staid old folks of literature to find it.
My yoga teacher is over 45, entirely bald, and incredibly muscular and toned.
He would get a huge amount of positive female attention if he were to get naked in public.
This is because he does physical exercise 7 days a week instead of writing books.
Senior citizens are sometimes vastly more attractive than young, sickly people. The problem isn’t the age bracket, the problem is that too much writing and reading makes you weak and aerobically unfit.
Scantily-clad people are necessary for conventions, fine. Unfortunately, most writers usually look bad when scantily clad, even when said writers are young.
If you want to see lots of attractive, scantily-clad people, you need to make that a higher priority than encouraging fan participation. If you want to elevate fan participation above all else, resign yourself to the fact that most fans will be ugly when scantily-clad.