I was invited along with many other FtBers and some other bloggers to sit in on a conference call today to discuss the American Atheists’ new harassment policy.
1. I appreciated them getting input from us. They got us together and they actually listened.
2. Dave Silverman was very frank: he wanted a policy that was sex positive but harassment negative. I feel they’ve achieved it.
I continually find myself in the middle on these issues. I think we have real issues with the way women get treated in the atheist movement. I also think that taking the nuclear option to fix it can seriously impede the pursuit of fun for others (including women). I think what AA has done strikes a good balance. It should do a lot to prevent harassment/triggers while simultaneously allowing others to pursue getting laid or flirting at conferences if they so choose.
Give the policy a look-see here and leave thoughts, critiques, or praise in the comments.