On this bigger than ever episode, Vinnk (of FamicomDojo.tv) is sitting in for Pher. We talk about the current state of Pacific Rim 2, the cancellation of Mythbusters, Donna Noble’s Doctor Who Audio Drama return, K-9 getting his own movie, IfCon Victoria disappearing into the night, the 2015 World Fantasy Convention coming to its senses, and SXSW’s complete and total bungling of its anti-Harassment summit.
Yesterday we reported on the controversy surrounding the 2015 World Fantasy Convention‘s highly flawed (read: awful) harassment policy. The policy effectively said that any reports of harassment to the staff would immediately be forwarded to law enforcement, and that no other real action would be taken by the staff.
This, of course, has a myriad of potential consequences — from limiting the convention’s definition of harassment to the legal definition to removing any real consequences for offenders (once you really think about it) to intimidating victims from reporting it in the first place. It was just bad. But with the convention only a week away, it seemed like attendees willing to brave the event would be stuck with it.
Update: Amazingly, the World Fantasy Convention 2015 committee is fixing this and adopting a better policy. The original story appears below.
It’s only been in the last few years that a spotlight’s been pointed at the harassment issues that exist in the convention community. It’s not a new problem, but the fact is it’s one a large percentage of the public were completely unaware of.
While the issue is far from solved, most community conscious conventions have decided to stand up for victims, and have begun adopting stronger, clearer anti-harassment policies. Frankly, creating a safe space for attendees to enjoy themselves is a key responsibility of any convention staff, and preventing harassment in the community is vital for its survival.
Well, the people running the 2015 World Fantasy Convention have taken a different tack. In a recent mailing to its members, they sent out their new harassment policy.