Also, I've seen a number of reports over the last few years of women who were harassed at predominately-male tech conferences. Taken together, they paint a picture of men (particularly drunken men) creating an atmosphere that makes a lot of people feel excluded and worry about being harassed or worse. So I think a positive statement of values, and the general raising of consciousness of these issues, is a good thing.
-Esme -- Esme Cowles <escow...@ucsd.edu> "Men feared witches and burnt women." -- Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California, concurring On 11/26/2012, at 7:47 PM, Michael J. Giarlo <leftw...@alumni.rutgers.edu> wrote: > Hi Kyle, > > IMO, this is less an instrument to keep people playing nice and more an > instrument to point to in the event that we have to take action against an > offender. > > -Mike > > > > On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM, Kyle Banerjee <kyle.baner...@gmail.com>wrote: > >> On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM, Jon Stroop <jstr...@princeton.edu> wrote: >> >>> It's sad that we have to address this formally (as formal as c4l gets >>> anyway), but that's reality, so yes, bess++ indeed, and mjgiarlo++, >>> anarchivist++ for the quick assist. >>> >> >> This. >> >> >>> To that end, and as a show of (positive) force--not to mention how cool >>> our community is--I think it might be neat if we could find a way to make >>> whatever winds up being drafted something we can sign; i.e. attach our >>> personal names >>> >> >> Diversity and inclusiveness is a state of mind, and our individual and >> collective actions exert that force than any policy or pledge ever could. >> >> I'm hoping that things can be handled with the minimum formality necessary >> and that if something needs to be fixed, people can just talk about it so >> things can be made right. If we need a policy, I'm all for it. But it's >> truly a sad day if policy rather than just being motivated to do the right >> thing is what's keeping people playing nice. >> >> kyle >>