Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 6, 2011 0:27 UTC (Sun) by BrucePerens
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The one that stands out most is:
whether the discriminatory conduct is physically threatening or humiliating or a mere offensive utterance
The point here is that an environment where obscentity is used is not for that reason alone a sexually harassing environment. The presence of a physical threat or humiliation is evaluated. Certainly we must entirely prohibit physical threats and humiliation at our conferences, and we can do so with much more precise language than we are using. But "mere offensive utterance" is so subjective that whether or not you are guilty is not based upon a "reasonable person" standard but upon the specific people who make the decision.
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