|badgerbag (badgerbag) wrote,|
@ 2012-07-26 11:15 am UTC
here's the original post about Readercon
I want to know in part because of this claim:
Actually, there’s quite a bit of evidence going around that the man who harassed Ms. Valentine was not clueless, but was intentionally using pick-up artist techniques on her. He’s know to do this, and several people have come forward to say so. He also actively works against con harassment policies.
The automatic assumption in geek circles always seems to be that a harasser just doesn’t know he’s doing anything wrong. It’s often not true, though. A lot of these men are either actively studying PUA tactics, or have been told repeatedly that their behavior is creepy and unacceptable and refuse to change their behavior.
I’m not saying we should automatically assume they’re doing it knowingly, but I am saying we shouldn’t automatically assume they’re not.