[hackerspaces] sexual harrasment

Walter van Holst walter at revspace.nl
Tue Nov 11 18:01:56 CET 2014

On 2014-11-11 17:52, Florencia Edwards wrote:
> How do you deal with sexual harassment at your spaces? What is
> consider sexual harassment? Here were we live, subtle cases that are
> indeed harassment and bother people, are not taken into consideration.
> We have a male chauvinist culture where people consider this kind of
> behavior funny, a joke, celebratory. And woman don't want to be "too
> serious" saying anything about it. They'd rather just laugh.

What constitutes harassment is rather dependent on culture. My 
understanding is that a lot of things that are fine in European 
workplaces will get you fired in American ones. And vice versa. Would 
you hazard to give concrete examples of behaviour that has bothered you?

Mind you, the fact that it bothered you is in itself already an 
indication that it is indeed harassment or making your space a place 
that isn't part of your comfort zone. Which in my book it should be for 
as many different people as it possibly can be.



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