[OSGeo-Conf] Code of conduct - definition of "sexualized images"
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.
> - 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. 
> > The Open Source Geospatial (OSGeo) Conference Committee is
> currently discussing setting up a code of conduct for conferences
> . 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
> >  http://www.oreilly.com/conferences/code-of-conduct.html
> > 
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