There’s been a lot of talk in the industry lately around sexism at conferences, both in selection of speakers and behavior among attendees.
With some sexist/outright creepo behavior, it’s pretty easy to tell where the line is (not that that stops some men from gaily trampling over that line).
It’s hard for you to hear that they might be sexist, because you are a good guy and don’t think of yourself as sexist – but there’s room for improvement!
So here are some additional things that you can work on.
Let’s work to create an atmosphere where women can approach men for professional, networking conversation without worry of rebuffing unwanted advances.
We are constantly presented with messages that our appearance matters more than anything else, and that it is intrinsically tied to our inherent worth as people.
At a conference, I saw Joanna Lord speaking on an otherwise all-male panel.
Rule of thumb: Some commenters have pointed out that the previous statement makes me sound like it’s OK for me to force nonconsensual hugs on people, but not them. Here’s what I mean: Go head and hug people with whom you’re on hugging terms.
Otherwise, please don’t touch me (except to shake my hand).