Full props to Mr. Scalzi. I hope that all conventions will see fit to adopt the recommendations he offers as his conditions for accepting invitations of this sort, so that anyone attending such events will be able to do so without fear of harassment, while knowing that they have recourse should such incidents occur.
So, I’ve decided something. I am often asked to be a Guest of Honor or a participant at conventions, which is nice. I also have a number of friends and fans who go to conventions, which is nice too. When my friends and fans go to conventions, I would like them not to have to worry, if they are skeeved on by some creep at the convention, that the convention will take the problem seriously. I would also like them to be able to know how to report the problem, should such a situation occur.
That being the case, moving forward from this very instant, the following will be a hard requirement for my being a panelist, participant or Guest of Honor at a convention:
1. That the convention has a harassment policy, and that the harassment policy is clear on what is unacceptable behavior, as well as to whom…
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