Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 1, 2011 5:41 UTC (Tue) by rgmoore
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While a person behaving in a manner that a majority finds offensive is probably doing something wrong, it's not as certain in the case where hardly anyone find them offensive. It is possible that the problem lies with the person with the problem, and it it them that is out of step with normal standards.
This depends heavily on the makeup of the offended group. If the minority who are offended differ from the unoffended majority primarily in their ease of taking offense, you're right. But if the offended minority are disproportionately members of a minority that's defined some other way, then it's more likely that the behavior was genuinely offensive in a way that the minority are especially likely to feel. For example, jokes about an ethnic minority may be funny everyone else, but that doesn't mean the members of the minority are being sensitive when they're offended.
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