A year ago this week, as the city approached the height of the Bob Filner scandal, the issue of sexual harassment was inescapable.
So it’s almost hard to imagine that a trio of women is in town this week trumpeting the message that San Diegans should be thinking more about sexual harassment. Almost – until you scope the harassment policy for Comic-Con, the mega-event that has brought more than 100,000 to San Diego.
It’s one sentence tucked inside the convention’s Code of Conduct: “Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated” – and until women Comic-Con attendees and journalists started to share their bad experiences publicly, it wasn’t even posted online.
Rochelle Keyhan, Anna Kegler and Erin Filson want to see a more substantial policy put in place – one that Comic-Con makes visible to all attendees.
They run Hollaback Philly, a Philadelphia group that aims to end street harassment – basically any unwanted actions between strangers on the street, including leering, whistling, unwelcome comments and threatening or harassing behavior.
As part of that effort, the trio created a comic book to educate middle- and high-school students about harassment issues. That brought them to a comic book convention, where they encountered a whole new harassment ballgame.
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@SaraLibby you should have googled your subjects and see that they have an axe to grind against all men and promote man-hating feminist lesbian agenda. I have a 4 day pass the Comic-Con every year and have never seen what these women call pervasive at Comic-Con of alleged sexual harassment of women by only men. The male fans are very respectful of the female cosplay characters and will always ask before they take photos. The Convention has a zero tolerance policy and security is all over the place and is only several meters away and will yank your badge if you do anything perceived as inappropriate.
I did witness some lesbians make cat-calls towards other women, but this is acceptable and tolerated unless it is an unwanted man. People seem to tolerate abusive and unacceptable behavior from women and it is zero tolerance when a man acts up. Women who attend the event share the same pass and are never scrutinized or challenged like the male attendees are by security and Comic-Con staff. The problem here is that men are being held accountable to what is not acceptable and women are given a pass.
This is another typical feminist witch-hunt to ruin a traditionally male event and further the "War Against Men" creating an issue against men falsely accusing them of harassment and convicting them when nothing is happening.
Keyhan failed to disclose that she is a feminist lesbian attorney that is peddling around feminist sexual harassment training for these conventions and will be making a financial gain for herself and her feminist man-hating group or sue Comic-Con and other conventions if they don't pay her. It pays to create an imaginary issue and provide a solution helping alleged feminist victims. Like I said, I saw no women at Comic-Con being harassed and if they were there would be hundreds of white knights jumping to help them in seconds and the offenders would quickly be dismissed from the convention.
Your story is flawed and you should have dug deeper and would have discovered that what these feminist are really doing is attacking men and lying about something that is not happening at this event and they are getting all the press to see a program that they will ultimately gain financially from.
From that article.........
"Meanwhile, what Geeks for CONsent and others regarded as blatant objectification continued at this year’s convention. Scantily clad women were still used as decoration for some presentations, and costumed women were described as “vaguely slutty” by panel moderator Craig Ferguson. When Dwayne Johnson made a surprise appearance to promote “Hercules,” 10 women in belly-baring outfits stood silently in front of the stage for no apparent reason."
This is where I do not support them. Obviously the scantily clad women, or vaguely slutty, are doing so of their own free will so its a big "so what"
Besides "10 women in belly-baring outfits stood silently in front of the stage for no apparent reason."
Belly dancers need no reason. Their fabulous just being present.
Men need to hold other men accountable when they see harassment of any type; it's not acceptable. I would also like to see media outlets hold other media outlets accountable in the same fashion. VOSD, please let your media partner NBC San Diego know that showcasing a gallery of Comic-Con "Babes" promotes exactly this sort of harassment and is not acceptable.
Firstly, touching another person without their permission is inappropriate and in many cases unlawful.
That said, while this comic/fantasy world is not something I consider of interest, a recent article in the New York Times noted that the television series “Game of Thrones,” for example, which I understand to be a prominent part of Comic Con has been “riddled with sexual brutality.” The Times says, “The franchise, which started as a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin about a bleak, feudal world, has at various times included a warrior king who claims his child bride on their wedding night, and the gang rape of a young woman by “half a hundred shouting men behind a tanner’s shop.”” The article goes on in great depth.
This gives me the impression that some significant part of this fantasy world which some people are drawn to and dress up to emulate is one that itself has objectionable and objectifying elements. Moreover, it is in some cases apparently highly sexually charged.
While dressing up like a person in a sexually lurid fantasy world may not invite behavior that is out of the norm, it certainly doesn’t help to discourage it either.
Despite the double message unwanted touching or upskirt photos they do rise to the assault category.
On the other hand boorish comments are also included in the sexual harassment umbrella.
Talk about 50 shades of grey.
LOL. Ditto that
Anyone that has been at Comic-Con knows exactly what these ladies are describing. While I have never seen any grabbing I have seen lingering and leering that would make any rational person uncomfortable. Ask to take the picture, take the picture, move on.
Here is an album cover for the Detroit Cobras http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Easy_Pieces_(album) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:7PiecesCover.jpg
@Bit-watcher can you clarify your comment? I don't understand what you are trying to say here...
I am getting mixed signals. The article's words state one approach but the photo promotes the Detroit Cobras http://youtu.be/v8ZhLBO9NZY
Great interview, Sara. And, as you can see by the bulk of comments so far, the mens are out in force complaining about how they must not be restricted in any way in what they can say and do to women they find attractive. SDCCs lack of a comprehensive harrassment policy is pretty glaring; over the last couple years, most similar cons have been shamed into drafting one. Science fiction writer John Scalzi is in town to promote his upcoming book, but bowed out of the con proper precisely because of the lack of said policy:
@Matt Watkins Bologna. Not one single comment implies that a man should be unrestricted about what they can do or say to an attractive woman. The interview provides zero evidence of even one single example of harassment. Based on that article it seems like glancing in the general direction of a pretty girl is harassment. They didn't even provide a reasonable definition of what they think harassment is which is why the whole thing is ludicrous.
I’d suggest that they consult with Hugh Hefner. As I recall, the Playboy Clubs had an absolute rule against touching the bunnies serving the customers. Of course, the clubs did objectify women, which might be something to think about.
This is perfect for an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Nobody would believe it, but it'd get huge laughs. Kudos to Sara Softball for a wonderfully fawning interview. She's worth every nickel VOSD can't afford to pay her.
Examples given here are preposterous. Perhaps it should be illegal for a man to complement a strange woman. How about a horn honk? Uh oh. Better get that license number and call the police. I've heard it's only harassment if the girl doesn't like you.
If you're a litte girl and you want to walk the streets dressed in a costume and you don't want to be harrassed - then have your parent hold your hand.
Trick? or Treat? (that is the question)
I’ve never attended Comic-Con, but before you dismiss me as a crank, let me point out a couple of things. This is an interview with three female activists, none of whom allege they have personally been harassed by anyone at Comic-Con (or anywhere else, for that matter). They refer to things that they say happened at a similar event last year in Philadelphia, where their organization is based.
The gripe here seems to be the lack of specificity and detail in the written Comic-Con anti-harassment policy, plus the lack of training for volunteers working the convention on how to handle sexual harassment. Their single specific is a conversation they had with a Comic-Con volunteer who says she’s been harassed “...every single time in the past five years...”, whatever that means. She voices disappointment at the lack of a “...harassment specific” phone line (I’m not making this up). The “white” phone is to handle all types of “emergencies”, totally inadequate, I guess.
Maybe I missed something, but interviewer Sarah Libby seems more interested in rehashing former mayor Bob Filner’s antics than detailing Comic-Con problems. If there are harassment problems at Comic Con, let’s have chapter and verse, instead of referencing how women’s costumes may invite unwanted advances (Hey, just because I wear a low-necked gown, you don’t have permission to look).