- Posted by Johanna on August 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Should the San Diego Comic Con have an official harassment policy? John DiBello (of Bully’s blog) says yes. Seems to me he’s right — if you’re going to ban smoking, handcarts, and bad behavior with replica weapons, seems to me you should say something about treating all of your fellow attendees with respect and avoiding an atmosphere of fear. Other conventions do so.
Has anyone heard from official staff on this? Has anyone asked them? (Well, I have, but I don’t have any specific contact addresses, only the general one, so I’m not sure my email will get through.)
I think the problem is that too many people don’t know how to have a good time without impinging on the good time of others. I’m reminded of going to an outdoor concert and sitting downhill from overly drunk attendees who kept falling on us (because of the hill, you see). I didn’t care that they were drunk, just that they couldn’t keep it to themselves. If you can’t keep your balance, sit down. If you want to sit in a corner and speculate on the sexual availability and talent of every member of the opposite sex you see, go ahead… but keep your hands and voices to yourself. Don’t put your enjoyment ahead of that of others. Be considerate. Don’t be selfish.
That goes for “free hug” signs at anime conventions, women grabbing hot artists’ butts, men who think groping booth workers is ok, and same-sex examples as well. And people need to know they can go to staff for help and be treated with more than confusion. I suspect many, although profoundly uncomfortable by what happened to them, don’t want to go through the second round of frustration trying to explain why it was a problem and trying to make themselves believed by the clueless or resistant.