After work today I’m heading to literary science fiction/fantasy convention. I’m pretty excited. It’s probably too late for you this year, but next year you should consider going to FOGcon here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ll buy you a drink.

Anyhow, FOGcon has a clearly articulated and posted policy on harassment. This is something many conventions and conferences do. TAM has one as well, but there was a bit of a furor over it, including talk of boycotting the event.

What are the benefits, for you, of their being a clearly stated and enforced policy on harassment? What arguments have you heard against such policies? Is there an argument against a harassment policy being written, posted, and enforced that isn’t horrible?

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DavrosLivesMarch 30, 2012 11:37 am

I think it’s a good thing. I mean, why not? It means that there is no doubt about being able to act on the most egregious crap that gets said/done.

I’m fascinated by the idea of men making openly sexual comments to fellow attendees (I certainly believe it happened). I’m a straight male in my 20s, and I am mortified if a woman even THINKS I’m checking her out. To be honest, I MIGHT BE, but the last thing I would want to do is make someone uncomfortable.

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