Brute Reason

A collection of thoughts about psychology, social justice, and anything else I give a shit about. freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason

Topics: feminism / psychology / lgbtq / sex / politics / abortion / health / mental illness / language / depression / sexism / sexual assault / fashion / racism / education / social justice

my actual writing, if you're curious

Harassment is not an “interpersonal issue”. Having your boundaries violated is not something a person does. It is something that is done to them. When someone says how they want to be treated (either verbally or through body language) and this is ignored, this is a unilateral action on the part of the person who chose to ignore their boundaries. When things outside the bounds of the broadest social norms or outside of a local code of conduct are done to people without them being consulted, this is a unilateral action on the part of the person who took action without consulting the target of that action.

Treating harassment as a back-and-forth between two people simply because it requires that two people be present elides the one-sided nature of these interactions. It elides the responsibility of one person who acts on another to be aware of how that action will impact the person it targets.

Worse, it places some of that responsibility on the person acted upon, the person whose boundaries—stated or reasonably assumed—were violated. It says that either the target of the harassing behavior had an obligation to stop the behavior themselves or that it is reasonable for another person to assume they consented to whatever happened. When we’re talking about code of conduct violations, this means that treating harassment as an interpersonal issue is telling people that it would be reasonable to assume they consented to being the target of racist or sexist remarks, consented to being followed or photographed, consented to being touched—simply by attending your event.

  1. jane-potter reblogged this from graceofthesea
  2. sea-lark reblogged this from blueraysunshine
  3. blueraysunshine reblogged this from sea-lark
  4. graceofthesea reblogged this from samanticshift
  5. thelifeandtimes-of reblogged this from books-and-badassery
  6. was-sie-will-bekommt-sie-auch reblogged this from mamie-caro
  7. the-witch-of-minecraftia reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  8. burningdaylightandpetrol reblogged this from muchanimal-veryfeminism-wow
  9. miscklaire reblogged this from darling-wait
  10. poniatowskaja reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  11. gwprime reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  12. seekerleftsock reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  13. inwhispersyoudidnothear reblogged this from samanticshift
  14. lovehanderss reblogged this from infinitive
  15. lizziecadystanton reblogged this from samanticshift
  16. i-heal-miraculously reblogged this from samanticshift
  17. darling-wait reblogged this from brutereason
  18. yr-mom reblogged this from samanticshift
  19. benningtonfeminism reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  20. weteyeswethair reblogged this from samanticshift
  21. samanticshift reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  22. missteriousity reblogged this from infinitive
  23. esse-elle reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  24. infinitive reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  25. livelonganddorkon reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  26. bonedrone reblogged this from teaandfeminism
  27. teaandfeminism reblogged this from muchanimal-veryfeminism-wow
  28. shrinkinghoosier reblogged this from brutereason
  29. marietusk reblogged this from mamie-caro
  30. gingercaroleen reblogged this from mamie-caro

blog comments powered by Disqus
Ultralite Powered by Tumblr | Designed by:Doinwork