Debugging conference anti-harassment policies
Posted Feb 7, 2011 20:34 UTC (Mon) by BrucePerens
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If you're defining problematic behaviour in terms of whether or not it could be easily construed as violent, how do you objectively make the determination of whether a given behaviour is problematic or not?
You need to analyze past situations and build rules based on how the actions violate an individual's civil rights rather than how they create feelings in that individual.
Don't touch because it violates the right to safety.
Don't portray or encourage violence or coercion because it encourages violation of the right to safety, even in so mild a form as jokes about taking virginity.
Don't demean or humiliate racial, religious, ethnic, or sexual (including sexual orientation, not just gender) classes of people for being themselves. Such things tend to excuse discrimination against those classes, the violation of their right to safety, or repression of them.
But also do not tolerate the imposition of religious or sexual rules upon others against their will, because it violates their freedom from repression.
Understand that people can be very different from you, and you may parse their actions incorrectly because you have not understood them. Unless you are in immediate physical danger, consider how their intent may not have been to violate your rights.
Make the rules specific. And if you find that one has been left out that should have been there, add it and make that specific too.
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