[OSGeo-Conf] Code of conduct - definition of "sexualized images"

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 00:21:28 PST 2015

Thanks Gina, Eli, Camille for your thoughts and responses.

I acknowledge that the approaches suggested (using judgement based on 
the situation) appears to be the best way to approach the CoC.

On 15/01/2015 11:08 am, Gina Blaber wrote:
> Hi Cameron (and Eli),
> In answer to your question, O'Reilly does not have guidelines for 
> assessing whether an image is "sexualized". I agree with Eli that it 
> requires judgement, and it's difficult to set criteria for all situations.
> However, when I've spoken to individuals at our events about code of 
> conduct issues related to "sexualized images in public spaces", not 
> once has the person in question argued with me and said they did not 
> understand why this issue was being raised.
> Best,
> - Gina
> _____________________________________
> Gina Blaber  O'Reilly Media, Inc.
> VP Conferences gina at oreilly.com <mailto:gina at oreilly.com>
> conferences.oreilly.com <http://conferences.oreilly.com>
> On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:21 PM, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us 
> <mailto:eadam at co.lincoln.or.us>> wrote:
>     On Jan 10, 2015 3:19 AM, "Cameron Shorter"
>     <cameron.shorter at gmail.com <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     >
>     > Hi Gina,
>     > I understand that you are the point of contact for the O'Reilly
>     conference code of conduct. [1]
>     >
>     > The Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Conference Committee is
>     currently discussing setting up a code of conduct for conferences
>     [2]. I like the O'Reilly wording, and have suggested OSGeo adopt
>     something similar.
>     >
>     > However, one thing I find lacking is a clear definition of
>     "sexualized images". Does O'Reilly have guidelines for assessing
>     whether an image is "sexualized"?
>     >
>     > Would it be appropriate for a presenter to include an image from
>     a main stream media commercial?
>     I think the issue here is relevancy. Sexualized images aren't
>     necessarily entirely prohibited.   Irrelevant sexualized images
>     are entirely prohibited.  If your talk is about open source
>     software used in making commercials, then showing any commercial
>     made with the software that passed the broadcast rules where it
>     was shown would be fair game (preferably these commercials would
>     be selected based on popularity, success, or other criteria
>     appropriate for evaluating commercials, not just attention
>     grabbing images).  This might (or even likely) include sexualized
>     images.  The exact same image in a web standards talk is entirely
>     inappropriate and prohibited.
>     >Likewise, could such images be displayed by vendors at
>     conferences? I'd expect so. However, large proportions of main
>     stream commercials make use of young, "sexy" models.
>     >
>     Same thing, if it is relevant it is fine.  If it is not relevant
>     it is not. If an ad agency that uses open source software and
>     sponsors, they could include portions of their work.   The same
>     images at a hardware vendor sponsor would be inappropriate.
>     Those are my opinions and how I would approach it. Context is as
>     important as the actual image.  This requires judgement and is
>     difficult to set criteria for all situations.  The US Supreme
>     Court in defining "obscene" has become the punchline of many
>     jokes, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_it_when_I_see_it but
>     it does hint at the difficulty in defining such things.
>     Some CoC incidents are minor and require nothing more than a brief
>     discussion about the CoC and agreement to discontinue the
>     offense.  In most cases of mildly inappropriate images in a
>     presentation, you will be asked to revise it and err on the side
>     of caution for the rest of the conference, not kicked out.  And
>     perhaps have a discussion about why they were inappropriate in the
>     first place.
>     The offenses and responses are both on a continuum, it is the duty
>     of reasonable people on the LOC to correctly determine that.  You
>     ran a FOSS4G, click through these,
>     http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_incidents, and
>     decide what you would have done for each of these had they
>     happened in 2009.  Some could be addressed by a brief conversation
>     and agreement to discontinue the offense, others by contacting law
>     enforcement and passing the issue from the conference to the legal
>     system (although the conference could also take additional measures).
>     Best regards, Eli
>     > I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Feel free to forward this
>     email to appropriate people.
>     >
>     > Regards,
>     > Cameron Shorter
>     >
>     > [1] http://www.oreilly.com/conferences/code-of-conduct.html
>     > [2]
>     http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/2015-January/thread.html
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