Hi all Recent discussion in a Community thread has highlighted that we don't really have much in the way of rules or guidance around sexism and sexist behavior. Specifically, that what we have is a bit inadequate for sexism given the recent attention actions of misogynists in, for example, GamerGateand the NYC Catcall video. Firstly, for the avoidance of any doubt, the purpose of this thread is not to call anyone out. There are examples of bad behavior, but I think you have to give the benefit of the doubt to people and assume despite their sexist behavior they neither intend to be sexist or are aware of their sexism. The goal is to include people in a discussion, not get bogged down with a slogging match against someone's defences. So, really, establishing a zero tolerance for the ego in this thread from the get go. Secondly - as it stands, there's only two ways mods can deal with sexism, chauvinism or misogyny. a) Under the sexual harassment policy, which only covers unwarranted PM contact (and was clearly a reaction to the Sapient revelations), or b) If the sexism/misogyny in question is a clear bait or flame. However, if we contrast sexism with racism it is clear to me that we have uneven standards for equally wrong behavior. For example - compare and contrast the two: "You're quite wrong there, sweetheart" to a woman. "You're quite wrong there, boy" to a black man. Generations of social conditioning has made us less comfortable around the latter, but objectively they are the same. Why? Because what they are doing is belittling and invalidating a person's viewpoint on arbitrary grounds, be it gender or race. There's no rational justification for it, nor is there really a rational response. Gamergate affects a part of geek culture and as a part of geek culture ourselves I think it would be fitting if we could develop a stance on sexism and, broadly speaking, a set of rules or guidelines to empower mods to act on sexist behavior. The idea being that, if it's understood and agreed that misogyny is just as bad as racism (because it's an unfair, arbitrary act of "othering" designed to disempower a part of society) then mods are able to issue warnings for sexist behavior. To that end - is there agreement that for practical purposes, sexism is as bad as racism (or homophobia)?