Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 2, 2011 12:48 UTC (Wed) by dwmw2
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I'm perfectly happy for someone to say "that didn't bother me" or even "that shouldn't be forbidden by the policy" but I draw the line at "other people shouldn't be offended by this".
I don't remember anyone seriously saying "other people shouldn't be offended by this"
and really meaning it in that sense.
You have a right to be offended.
You have a right to tell me about it.
You do not have a right to demand that I take you seriously.
Imagine there's a paranoid nutter in the back of the room who thinks that every time the room laughs at a joke, we're laughing at him and he gets offended. That he takes offence per se is not what annoys me; it's only if he then starts complaining about it and claiming that his problems are somehow our fault that I will be annoyed.
If instead of that scenario, it's someone who is making assumptions about the effect that a picture will have on what another group of people is thinking, and then starts playing Thought Police and raising objections on the basis of what she assumes that group of people may be thinking
then yeah, that's going to get on my tits a bit, too.
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