Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 7, 2011 19:39 UTC (Mon) by BrucePerens
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Subjective rules are fine for parties. Although conferences have parties, their main function is a more serious one for which party rules are not appropriate.
You really should be made uncomfortable at times by a good speaker, because that speaker's purpose is to make you think of things you would not have otherwise. And thus it's no surprise that the most controversial speaker in our industry is the one whose message was entirely swamped by reaction to a well-meant joke about "emacs virginity" by the folks who have since imposed party rules. I would much rather have conferences tell that speaker not to talk about "taking" any sort of virginity, as "taking" from someone is easy to construe as a violent act, than I would tell him not to make people uncomfortable!
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