Neotarf | 20 May 21:55 2016
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Panel: "We Belong Here: Pushing Back Against Online Harassment"

Haven't had time to listen to the whole thing yet, but this panel looks promising. Sampling a few sound bites, the speaker at 19:00 is Dr. Michelle Ferrier: "The terrorism that these groups inflict on you is very deep and very powerful and very real, and so literally after three years I...changing my roles, not working nights, trying to find ways to solve this, and the problem was I came to almost every single professional organization and asked, "where are your conference sessions talking about this, where are your programs to be able to protect and support journalists?  You're talking about diversity in the media?  You're bringing us in, and we're going out the back door just as quickly as we're coming in the front, because we're scared to death, and you have done nothing to protect us."

http://ona15.journalists.org/sessions/antiharassmentkeynote/#.Vz8-874kRCa

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JJ Marr | 13 May 03:51 2016
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Re: Defining harassment: the first empirical investigation into the nature of creepiness

We shouldn't conflate "creepy" and "harassment" at all, to be honest. Sure, plenty of things that are creepy are also harassment, but plenty of things that are considered creepy are just poor social skills (laughing inappropriately) and may even be due to health conditions (greasy skin).

Harassment is a very serious allegation implying plenty of abuse, and using the term in conjunction with "creepy" degrades it to a level not befitting of what it truly is.

Also, saying "defining harassment" and then implying that the definition of it is the "nature of creepiness" feels pretty discriminatory to those who are less privileged in the area of social skills. Sometimes I don't know when I'm talking about a subject for too long, and labelling that "creepy" and implying it might be harassment seems to be crossing the line for me.

On May 10, 2016 12:01 PM, "Neotarf" <neotarf <at> gmail.com> wrote:
A study published in the journal New Ideas in Psychology, unfortunately behind a paywall, reviewed by Dr. NerdLove. [1]

Some highlights:

*"So we’re not allowed to give women compliments?  – No, telling a woman how sexy she is isn’t a compliment, especially when you don’t have that level of intimacy with her."

*"One of the keys to what made someone creepy was the potential for ambiguity. The study’s authors suggest that because one’s creep-radar is keyed towards finding potential threats, the ambiguousness of somebody’s behavior could make people uncomfortable. After all, if you’re continually wondering if this person actually poses a threat to you, you’re left in a state of anxious paralysis; you’re continually on edge trying to determine just what the appropriate reaction to the situation is. Guessing wrong can have consequences, after all; misjudge a potential threat and now you’ve made yourself vulnerable to someone who means you harm."

*"One of the most common ways guys are creepy is by ignoring issues of boundaries and demonstrating that they have more information about somebody than they should." Example from Instagram: He: "So I take it you're staying at the Excalibur?" She: "Excuse me, do you not seriously realize how f*cking creepy it is for a stranger to message a woman out of the blue insinuating he knows where she is?"

*From the comments: "Someone who comes close to that line and manages not to cross it obviously knows where it is."


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Neotarf | 12 May 16:40 2016
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CBC establishes procedures for bullying and harassment

In the wake of the latest Jian Ghomesh trial, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation says it has implemented "a revised HR process for recording complaints of bullying and sexual harassment, the establishment of an harassment helpline and new training for its managers and staff." [1]

The CBC came in for some heavy criticism of their internal investigation processes: "[CBC] retained a lawyer, with whom it had had a previous relationship, to conduct its 'investigation.' And who ran that investigation? The CBC's own legal and human resource departments -- the very ones who should have been the subject of the investigation."  The staff was warned that any statements they made during the investigation could be used against them and the employees' union advised the staff not to participate. [2]

For those who like the TL;DR version, the CBC description of its investigation, with links to the text of the full report: [3]

FWIW, although the recent WMF harassment survey was an in-house project (and no one questions its integrity), [4] the WMF apparently does hire an outside firm to develop trust with its staff. [5]
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Neotarf | 10 May 18:01 2016
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Defining harassment: the first empirical investigation into the nature of creepiness

A study published in the journal New Ideas in Psychology, unfortunately behind a paywall, reviewed by Dr. NerdLove. [1]

Some highlights:

*"So we’re not allowed to give women compliments?  – No, telling a woman how sexy she is isn’t a compliment, especially when you don’t have that level of intimacy with her."

*"One of the keys to what made someone creepy was the potential for ambiguity. The study’s authors suggest that because one’s creep-radar is keyed towards finding potential threats, the ambiguousness of somebody’s behavior could make people uncomfortable. After all, if you’re continually wondering if this person actually poses a threat to you, you’re left in a state of anxious paralysis; you’re continually on edge trying to determine just what the appropriate reaction to the situation is. Guessing wrong can have consequences, after all; misjudge a potential threat and now you’ve made yourself vulnerable to someone who means you harm."

*"One of the most common ways guys are creepy is by ignoring issues of boundaries and demonstrating that they have more information about somebody than they should." Example from Instagram: He: "So I take it you're staying at the Excalibur?" She: "Excuse me, do you not seriously realize how f*cking creepy it is for a stranger to message a woman out of the blue insinuating he knows where she is?"

*From the comments: "Someone who comes close to that line and manages not to cross it obviously knows where it is."

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Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska | 5 May 22:06 2016
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Sharing knowledge about notable women from the Central and Eastern Europe

Hi all!

I'm not sure if you know the CEE Spring 2016 project. It is an article writing contest held on 29 language versions of Wikipedia aiming to gather knowledge about the countries of Central and Eastern Europe[1]. The participants write about different topics related to the region. But the topic that is supported the most are women biographies. We feel that this is important to inspire users to discover and share stories about the notable women from the region. You can read more about how we do it at the CEE Spring blog[2][3].
Our ideas seem to be working - in some language versions more than 60% of biographies created during the contest are about women! 
The contest is still on (it will last till May 31) so it is still time to join us and write about Central European women. Especially that this week we are holding a special international challenge related to women in science and education[3]. 

Natalia [[user:Magalia]]

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Neotarf | 4 May 16:18 2016
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"Danielle Citron speaks at WikiConference USA 2015" transcript posted

The transcript of law professor Danielle Citron's online harassment speech to Wikiconference USA has been posted to WikiSource: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Danielle_Citron_speaks_at_WikiConference_USA_2015
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Neotarf | 3 May 14:53 2016
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Study: men who receive harassment training “significantly less likely” to recognize harassment

"A study in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science found men who participated in a university staff sexual harassment programme were “significantly less likely” to see coercive behaviour as sexual harassment."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/sexual-harassment-training-makes-men-less-likely-to-report-inapp/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_mediu

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| 2 May 19:14 2016
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Cross-dressing and masculinity

I do not often listen to BBC Radio 4's Start the Week, but today's
edition had a nice exploration of gender in performance art, with
Grayson Perry being an inciteful participant.

The programme is 43 minutes long and you can download the mp3 and
listen offline. The BBC page below includes some of the works
mentioned.

It may spark some ideas for better Wikipedia articles around the
history of people performing as different genders without the focus
being on conventional drag or transvestites. There is also a
discussion of nude modelling for art, which could be interesting to
think about in the context of how fraught images of nudity hosted on
Wikimedia projects tends to be.

Links
* http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b078xf12

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Carol Moore dc | 1 May 20:03 2016
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Pushing back against sexism, this is a new era for women online

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/30/digital-and-visible-this-is-a-new-era-for-women-online/

One mention of Wikipedia.  But overall a positive article. Hope she's 
not being too optimistic.

Using twitter more, I've found replying to guys who insult you in a 
human and humorous way, with just enough ridicule so they get the point 
ridicule isn't fun, has been pretty successful.

But then I haven't gotten THAT much attention yet, so time will tell...

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Neotarf | 30 Apr 16:22 2016
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Firefighter woman suicide after online harassment

“I was alarmed and wanted to let the public know that there was this blog out there that was defaming these female firefighters and medics, not only Nicole but others as well.” http://www.statter911.com/2016/04/23/sexist-lurid-online-comments-come-light-fairfax-county-firefighters-suicide/

[The website's curator] told Fox that he thought [fire chief] Bowers’s statement were a “deflection of blame.” He said that he has previously taken comments down because of complaints or a court order he received last year for remarks about another female firefighter. [He] said that he wants his site’s users to see “the nasty truth.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/virginia-calls-site-downafter-firefighter-suici-article-1.2619639



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chinmayi sk | 23 Apr 08:18 2016
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IEG Application for research gender gap with south east asia women and non cis people

Hello Everyone ,
i have submitted an Individual Engagement Grant to the Wikimedia Foundation along with Lindsay Oliver another gender activist to study the absence of women and non-cis editors in the US and South/SouthEast Asia.


We would be deeply grateful if you would review the grant and endorse it if you approve . If you would like to provide feedback or suggestions, please voice them on the talk page. If there is anything you would like to directly discuss with us regarding the grant, please feel free to send me an email. 

Thank you!

Chinmayi S K
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