> 8:53:41 AM Person1: so am I the only one who thinks of the Bed Intruder auto-tune song everytime Person2 warns us of undisclosed persons in the building?
> 8:54:47 AM Person3: hide yo wife?
> 8:54:57 AM Person1: and yo kids
> 8:56:02 AM Person3: well, you're not any more
> 8:56:13 AM Person1: #winning
> 9:02:13 AM Person5: hilarious. Now the song is stuck in my head!
> 9:08:08 AM Person4: -_-
> 9:09:43 AM Person4: No
> 9:11:10 AM Person4: Could do without having songs referencing sexual assault mentioned.
> 9:12:04 AM Person1: fair enough
> 9:13:39 AM Person4: Especially joking about it. -_-
> 9:18:25 AM Person4: Does not exactly endear me to working during the day when the first thing I see is someone joking about rape in work chat.
> 9:18:46 AM Person1: my appologies
> 9:33:18 AM Person4: It's completely unacceptable, and creates a very toxic atmosphere.
> 9:36:45 AM Person1: obviously that wasn't my intention. it won't happen again.
> 9:37:24 AM Person4: Compounded by the fact I am the only woman in the [org], and I have several guys joking about it as
well, in work chat.
> 9:37:32 AM Person4: It would be unacceptable even if that weren't the case.
And then claims to still not feel safe coming back to work after taking a month off due to PTSD from the above incident.
There is undoubtedly sexism in the tech industry, and we should all strive towards eliminating it. This, however, is stirring up drama in response to a joke made in poor taste.
A song was referred to but there was no actual mention of sexual assault. The song is not "completely unacceptable" as it is obviously commonly known and legally sold. It is therefore acceptable in the workplace, referred to as it actually was.
Sending an email to the entire company instead of talking to the person in a private message is probably the height of Shame Culture. Oh and then publishing this in the news too.
I don't know the song myself. If I worked at Apple I'd have reported person 1 for not being inclusive enough...
I've never listened to the song, and the exchange in the thread was sufficient to inform me of the information that it complained about, to wit, that it was a song referencing sexual assault.
Its not like the exchange was at all subtle or opaque.
Now that our communication tools are capturing everything we are saying in real-time, do we truly expect 30,000 people to never make a comment that could possibly offend someone else?
I do wonder if just reading a comment like this in a company chatroom (along with an immediate apology) requires taking a month off, if perhaps there isn't a reasonable accommodation that could be made here to help Danielle be successful at Apple.
This reminds me of how you read a story in the news about something you know, and you just shake your head and are shocked about how wrong every single piece of it is... then you go on reading all the other articles on topics you don't know about and genuinely believe they are informative.
Really, shame on Mic for their terrible reporting on this story. There is an interesting phenomenon going on here, but I think it has nothing to do with inappropriate jokes causing a toxic atmosphere.
And this case of "i'm right and everyone else around me is wrong" is considered normal ?
This is a western syndrome of "our lives aren't in imminent danger, we don't have to think about harvesting food and information is at reach" boredom.
However, I can think of a lot of things that would completely avoid any chance of being perceived as offensive! How about,
> 8:53:41 AM Person1: so am I the only one who feels uncomfortable/unsafe everytime Person2 warns us of undisclosed persons in the building?
> 8:53:41 AM Person1: so am I the only one who takes a coffee break everytime Person2 warns us of undisclosed persons in the building?
> 8:53:41 AM Person1: so am I the only one who wonders why there are so many undisclosed persons in the building everytime Person2 warns us of undisclosed persons in the building?
Can anyone express the argument against this position?
Yes - had the first message not been sent everyone would have been better off. That does not mean that the initial message bears the blame for what happened.
This is a very difficult job which can be extremely stressful for a long duration of time. As a society we tend to laud grueling hard work rather than recognize that it's probably the worst aspect of the work environment by far.
As far as TFA goes... it appears to be reporting on "leaked" emails telling a one-sided narrative with no attempt to validate the claims. Not to diminish the claims being made, but I think this is technically called "storytelling".
Taking it a face value though, it seems tame in comparison to other 'scandals'. I simply do not expect that people will constantly remain professional. They will need to blow off steam, and sometimes the way they do that will not be fully inclusive, or necessarily politically correct. Yes, sometimes men actually complain about their wives at work -- this is not shocking to me. I don't like that employee complaints seem to be poorly handled; all employees should be valued and listened to at least.
None of what I read in TFA I really understand to be a hostile work environment, as the term is defined. Is "toxic" supposed to be a new term to describe feeling uncomfortable or not getting the promotion you wanted? Apple's work environment is certainly extreme, but I think for reasons very much apart from gender.
Your colleagues joke that someone is coming to rape you, and you're supposed to laugh? I'm not a woman, but I can imagine a woman being really hurt by such a joke. Given the fact that 1 out of 6 women in this country are victims of sexual assault, I think it's a joke in poor taste, and does not belong in a workforce.
On a Tuesday morning in July, when men on her team began to
joke that an office intruder was coming to rape everybody,
Danielle decided to speak out about what she described as the
"very toxic atmosphere" created by jokes about violent sexual
I'm not laughing, but again I'm really not shocked and would not expect a response to this incident beyond the apology already offered.
So we have to treat women differently than men? Sounds a bit sexist.
If you don't care about being respectful, don't bother finding out.
There may be consequences if you don't, there may not be. Me, I want to be respectful, so I start with a safe neutral ground and go on from there.
I fear that the swing in PC culture is going to cause more harm than good for "inclusiveness" now that the pendulum has swung too far.
Most people have a thick enough skin to get over it, so the people around them don’t all have to adjust to their feelings.
Sure, people do have thick skins mostly, but you shouldn't rely on that. Again, it's just about being respectful of people.
So, be accommodating in a way that means people are treated differently, but just don't call it treating them different?
10-4 loud and clear, good buddy.
Perhaps, but it's not something that is obviously unacceptable. I would put it on the same level as making a joke about an intruder coming to bomb/shoot everyone. Certainly it's in poor taste, but that's the level of humour you find everywhere.
Thing is, it's not found everywhere, there are very respectful workplace environments. If people do cross the line it is called out and dealt with and quite quickly things converge on what is acceptable and what's not.
In most workplaces (in my experience) people talk openly about sex and relationships, which would probably violate even these "flimsy" policies.
Sex is natural, and it's natural for people to want to talk about it. The important thing is whether you are deliberately harassing someone, whether you should reasonably know that your behaviour is abusive, and whether you stop doing it when you're told that it upsets someone. I've always worked in places where the majority of people are quite reasonable, but I realise not all workplaces are like that.
Describing another incident, she wrote, "I was walking back to my cube from the break room and passed a group of managers exiting a meeting. The Area Manager told me to smile as I walked past."
"While this is a small thing, it was notable as this is one of the most commonly reported forms of subtle sexism."
No matter how hard I try, I can't fathom how that could possibly be construed as sexist.
Tone of voice and mannerisms tell a much fuller story, though.
It's equally possible that it was intended as a shorthand for "cheer up, it's not that bad" or "try to keep your chin up". Both of which actually indicate that the speaker cares about their colleague.
Sure, I can see contexts where it would be inappropriate to say but that doesn't make it always inappropriate to say.
I just don't think you can automatically assume ill intent. As someone with depression I've been frequently told to "smile" or "lighten up" and while it's certainly annoying (and occasionally infuriating), I know that the underlying intent was probably positive.
Given an ambiguous statement, people can (and should) judge the statement based on context, and that includes perceived intent of the speaker. Human communication is much more than just words. Context and intent absolutely matter.
IMHO, everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when dealing with such serious allegations. Or, as they say innocent until proven guilty. I wouldn't want to work in a place, or live in a society that believes otherwise. There simply needs to be a higher burden of proof than "it's sexist because I felt it was sexist".
Can it be considered sexist to say what was said? Sure. Should it be considered sexist by default? I don't think that's been proven.
Edit: I don't just say "Smile", usually there is more context to the conversation and usually ends with me trying to see if I can help fix the problem(if it's work related).
Where I'm from it's commonly meant as shorthand for "cheer up, it's not that bad" or "try to keep your chin up". Both of which actually indicate that the speaker cares about their colleague.
Said the guy who further up the thread said he "can't fathom how that could possibly be construed as sexist."
What I meant to say was that in this context I can't see how it would be construed as sexist. Or put another way... I can't see how this statement automatically defaults to being sexist absent any other indicators.
At any rate, this kind of proves my point that it's very easy for communication to come across in a manner other than the speaker intended. So serious charges like "sexist" or "racist" should not be levelled lightly.
If there is no bad intent, why should you? The answer is that a snowflake could get you fired but the rhetorical question stands.
I suspect these women are being hit on a lot less frequently than they think.
Men will get the "man up", "grow a pair", "relax", "you'll get over it", "are you gonna pussy out on me?" etc.
It's a hard problem --and unless you go for rigidity in the workplace, we're always going to have regular human issues (not company issues) permeate the workplace --be it office romance, cajoling, hijinks, etc.
sexism - noun - (2) behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster
stereotypes of social roles based on sex
Yup. Back when I was dealing with depression, I heard it all the time.
"Smile" and "Cheer up" are still two of the most rage-inducing things anyone can say to me. It's just one of those things about appearance I have to roll with. I also don't get to show up barefoot, with no t-shirt and just wearing boardshorts. So I play along and part of that is acting much happier and more amenable than I really am.
The main difference is that I don't have people constantly telling me this is caused by an oppressive societal structure pushing me to conform. (I mean, it is, but it's not treated as one. I'm certainly not constantly told I need to be to rejecting. By media that makes me weaker to it, and teaches me to suffer even harder when effected by those social structures.)
I'm not dealing with clinical depression but I can see what you mean. If I'm upset enough about something that it is visible, the last thing I want is someone telling me to "cheer up."
I guess I'm fortunate never to have worked with the kind of people (commissioned sales people? politicians? child molesters? I mean, I can't even imagine) who would notice I'm upset and tell me to "smile."
It's not only some demanding command to modify your mood, it can be a good natured suggestion to try and keep your chin up. The person who said it to me most was my mother.
Wow. If you're curious as to why some view it as a condescending thing to say to a colleague you really could start there.
edit: I'm surprised by your reply... only because it seems incongruous with the statement I replied to. interesting.
Just because people were well-intentioned didn't make it any less infuriating. I've gotten it in the "cheer up" sense and the "be more presentable" sense and the "comply with norms" sense. Not a huge difference in how it feels, non family ones are a bit easier though.
No matter how ill advised or inappropriate you find it, I don't think you should assume intent.
At least, where I'm from this is true. Maybe it's a societal norm that varies by culture and region.
"Would you ever say that to a male colleague? Would anyone?"
Out of context I'd imagine your question was about something that is actually serious or significant. Unbelievable.
Not saying it's tactful but I'm not a psychologist
Apple employee here:
I only want to provide context. None of us want a toxic environment. We, at Apple, pride ourselves on the fact that we are accepting of all backgrounds, nationalities, genders, religions. I, personally, have struggled with ensuring a diverse set of folks on my team or all backgrounds. We love the fact that we're helping to lead the industry with regard to diversity. And "Danielle's" case is unfortunate.
Danielle is of course an alias to protect the original identity. And I sincerely thank Mic for doing so. In an internal chat, someone made a reference to the "Hide Your Kids Hide Your Wife" meme about something technical. But this wasn't the intention of the sender. Danielle, a gay transgender male, explained that this was an inappropriate reference, the offender apologized immediately and said that this comment was not to make fun of rape.
Danielle in this case had a unique set of circumstances that made her especially sensitive to this kind of comment. And we should all be careful about what we say. And I completely agree with her that this kind of content has no place at Apple.
This thread was meant to be forwarded to Tim Cook, but was accidentally sent to a large internal group. This is how it was leaked.
I wish Mic would release the full emails with names redacted so that you all would see what was actually said.
The lesson here is: think about what you're saying. Sexual assault destroys humans.
Also getting offended by peoples actions, worldviews and literally punishing them for this... destroys humans.
Words do hurt, jokes can be offensive. But there is a line what you will do to retaliate.
You can brush it off and move on with your life and make the mental note, that the guy is an _ss.
Or you can go and punish him through a series of humiliating procedures which will definitely have an impact on his life, his career and possibly destroy him. You do more damage to him, then he did to you.
Is it worth to punish someone for a joke? Because if it is, then you might bring back the death penalty for stealing a can of beans from the grocery store. Or agreeing that people should commit acts of terrorism because someone made a joke about their faith?
The biggest punishment should have been that their line-manager has a private talk with the guy, or sitting down the three of us and find a common ground. Not running to the head of the company and filing for harassment.
And frankly I wouldn't want to work with a person like that. Not because I want to tell rape jokes and not because she is not a man. It's because I don't want to work with someone where I always have to be careful what I say, how I say it and watch my behavior for 24/7 to not become a target for harassment lawsuit.
Being oversensitive can make one into a toxic person as well, not just bad behavior. And because of this issue, people will avoid her, because they will be too afraid to have any kind of connection with her. And who's fault will that be? The men? Why not, it's always the men apparently.
I'm a father of two girls, I want a future with gender equality, but not the one where you force people into behavioral patterns to accommodate the system. Clearly then the system is bad. It's a relationship between the genders, we have to work together. We have to give to be able to take. Sometimes it's ignoring minor things like an inappropriate joke and sometimes is being thoughtful and not say stupid inappropriate jokes.
I hope this clarifies my stand on this matter.
In a nutshell: Rape jokes are bad. Harsh punishment for a joke is also bad.
If I say "I'm too white for that" or "my male brain cannot process that many stuff at the same time", am I'm being racist and sexist? No, because I'm just joking about my own stereotype.
If I would want to verbally assault a women, I can do that without ever referring to her gender.
The other hugely important factor is the body language and tone, that completely get lost in the reporting, I can say "I'm going to brutally murder you and hang your corpse up a tree", which sounds like a legit death threat, however, if I say this to you, it depends on how I say it.
So clearly, worrying about what people say without context is backwards.
Reads like a PR boilerplate.
I get that the joke was made in bad taste, but why imply that it trivialized sexual assault? That’s either disingenuous or ignorant.
Pretty much all jokes are going to offend somebody. You can't ask people to smile, comment on thier clothes or belongings. You can't interact causally in the workplace at all.
Perhaps we'll see workplaces where all communication is in writing and on topic.
Do we want our workplaces where people gather together as friends as they work, or do we want our workplace relationships to be strictly professional?
I think I would prefer to work in a culture where, if you don't like the people you work with, you go find a new job. You don't complain, you get over it or you leave.
(Because even telling me my jokes are offensive is a form of harassment itself.)
I don't want to work in an office where I can't make friends, tell jokes, or laugh and enjoy life. Life is too short to sit in a room full of people you dont' know, don't like, or don't care about.
After a few months one adapted to restricting the domain of conversation without much effort, and the main problem was when we had visits from overseas staff who would stray into the verboten topics. One became adept at moving the conversation to safer ground.
Wow, is that really that big of an issue rivaling _politics_ and _religion_?
On the one hand, you have decades of women and other minorities having to brush off a bunch of stupid comments or risk losing their jobs, and they're just tired of having to put up with that BS anymore. And they're right to feel that way.
On the other hand, if everything becomes political, then that's completely stifling in a free society. Taken to the extreme, it could be less free than Soviet Russia since, at least there, you know who was enforcing that nonsense and had some kind of hope of navigating it. The enforcers here are self appointed, at times faceless, and have different people taking turns deciding what the outrage of the week is.
The problem is mostly that our society is trying to move away from the old social hierarchy, which was exclusive and hurt alot of good people, but we haven't figured out what we're replacing it with.
All I'm saying is that it would be a shame if we created a work culture were that was simply not possible.
But not talking to someone is also sexist/racist/abelist/whatever, so you better hope you live somewhere with some interesting weather.
Now of course it's illegal for them to discriminate like that for hiring... but I wouldn't want to work with most of those people anyways, so it's better they keep to themselves. Plus I heard that the pay is terrible there.
Telling you that your jokes are offensive would indeed be harassment---if you worked at a late night show or another joke-telling profession! Otherwise, no, telling you that your jokes are offensive is in fact not a form of workplace harassment.
Also, you might want to reflect on why making friends, telling jokes, laughing, and enjoying life requires you to say racist and/or sexist things at work.
And hey look, perhaps I am, who can tell these days. Telling somebody to smile is sexist now apparently. "island of cannibals" is racist, but I dont know which race - all of them I guess.
Give me any topic of conversation and I'll tell you who it offends.
In this specific case I understand that insinuating a rape scenario — which by the way is not against women but "everybody" — in a work environment is bad, but without knowing what other toxic comments or behavior happened in the same department where this woman was working, I cannot sympathize. Knowing how sensitive are people nowadays (specially in the United States) I wouldn't be surprised if the previous comments were things like "Man, did you see [female name]'s dress today? It's so ugly". They are probably worse than this, but again, without knowing the alleged previous incidents I cannot sympathize with this specific woman.
Also, why did she quit? Why not stay and fight for the rights of her other female co-workers? If what I understand from this story is correct, the other women do not report these incidents either because they are afraid of retaliation, or because they learned how to take (or ignore?) a (very stupid) joke.
EDIT: On a side note, imagine if the genders were switched. If the people making the bad "joke" were women, and the person reporting the incident was a man. He could have reported this to the CEO but do you think the story would have been published in this website or other? I don't think so. I am glad to have worked remotely for several years, to avoid these incidents with my co-workers.
Apple gets a lot of good PR for having a relatively high percentage of female employees; stories like this damage that, and in this case, it sounds like the black mark is at least in part deserved.
As for the difference between American and other countries, some possible conclusions that don't rely on the meme that women are catty or that everyone is too sensitive (even if they sometimes are):
- There are legitimate cultural differences between the U.S. and other countries. Look at parental leave policy in Europe vs. the United States.
- You may be exposed to more U.S. media than non-U.S media.
- Protections for women and minorities in general in the U.S. are weaker.
- Many of the biggest tech companies are U.S. companies. Silicon Valley is in Silicon Valley. Non-U.S. companies often get less media exposure than U.S. tech companies.
It's a change in culture and expectations. It's also class specific. Men and women in the working class have different expectations and, in my experience, women in the working class can be just as brutal as men, when it comes to harassment.
To further the cultural aspect, it's like corporal punishment in the US as a way to steer child behavior. In some places of the world it's still okay and people see it as normal but most kids in the US would see corporal punishment as something that only happens to kids in bad households and many would call the cops on their parents or strangers --this of course was not the case 50-70 years ago.
There's some other possibilities too, like it's worse in America than in other countries.
I would be interested to know more about your experiences there.
I've seen women objectified and discriminated against a lot more abroad than I have in the U.S.
You simply don't hear about other countries experiencing these problems! Maybe some people will share personal anecdotes, but does it constantly make the news elsewhere?
In many north european countries you could take these up as a workplace bullying issue and possibly escalate to your municipal workplace safety ombudsman and/or union rep. But in most cases you wouldn't have to, your grievances would be taken seriously internally because there's the threat of escalation that won't necessarily end with the victim leaving the company.
Most people on HN only speak English, and only read US news sources. Thus there's a natural bias away from EU or Asian sources, and towards US sources.
From my other comment :
This is a western syndrome of "our lives aren't in imminent danger, we don't have to think about harvesting food and information is at reach" boredom.
At Apple, it's important to cover confidential materials when undisclosed persons are present. An employee wrote that this process reminded them of the viral song Bed Intruder : "hide yo wife, hide yo kids."
"Danielle" objected to the joke because the song references sexual assault. The person apologized and promised to not let it happen again.
But it is a big failure if managers/management fail to take actions. The immediate manager should be fired in this case since he or she failed to take any action or involve HR or upper management
Somebody who messed up but acknowledges it as a mistake, and is therefore unlikely to repeat it, may be more valuable as an employee than a random new hire who may or may not make the same mistake again in the future.
Of course, someone who makes a 'mistake' that is in fact indicative of an underlying personality flaw or tendency towards bad judgement, is a liability and best gotten rid of. The job of a manager is to decide when a person is one versus the other.
> I know the engineer responsible well. I hired him. I know the slide does not reflect his values any more than it reflects Atlassian’s, and he is as deeply sorry as we are. It was an error in judgment, but one the company shares responsibility for making.
> As Atlassian, we don’t stand behind the slide – but we stand as a team. When we do good, and when we do bad. Today, we failed as a team. We will help him learn from this, as we all must. Our engineer, our event, our issue, our learning, our growing – as a team.
It specifically mentioned "[his] girlfriend". Although potentially cringe-worthy, there was no generalization. The contents could have been entirely factual.
Are there any intermediate disciplinary steps that could occur? People make mistakes all the time, should we hang them out to dry on the first instance?
Personally I feel this is the worst thing you can do to co-worker.
I just skimmed the article again, and it says something about the lady being in a room for meeting with a bunch of men and them all joking about being "dismissive about their wives" and that a manager told her to "smile as I walked past".
I must have missed a memo somewhere along the line. When did saying "smile" to someone become "one of the most commonly reported forms of subtle sexism."
Perhaps you were referring to something else, in which case I apologise.
How about actually raping them?
I have to wonder if behavior like this follows from bad leadership. I'm not saying Tim Cook, given the case of Apple, but middle managers. I just cannot believe that a person above the woman in TFA didn't know about this, and just let it ride, because it was just "boys being boys" or some BS like that.
I can tell you if I ever saw or heard of anyone doing this in my company, I would crack down very quick and hard. But more than that, I think the people we have lead by example and I just can't believe anyone would ever do something like TFA outlines.
To keep something like this from happening you need to implement training. Training for both men and women on what is acceptable "here", because believe it or not, people are not learning from their home or college environments about what you think is acceptable.
Then make yourself, or a senior HR person, available to speak with.
There's a reason that information doesn't make it all the way up the "chain of command".
Never at the end of a meeting at your company has an employee joked about their spouse?
Never has someone at your company ever used a violent metaphor to describe losing a sale, or the servers crashing, or learning the release just slipped another month?
Never has someone at your company been passed up for promotion and was upset because they felt that they deserved the job?
Never has someone at your company had to interview a job candidate without proper training on how to run the interview, or proper time to prepare?
I'd be interested to understand your take on this situation. Does it really warrant more than the apology that was already provided? It sure seems to me from the transcript that "Danielle" was going out of her way to find offense. ("Danielle" since not her real name)
One thing we don't know about Person4: what led up to this? Was it the last straw? Was it the first incident (she alleges it's not in the transcript, but who knows)?
People often have resting faces that look unhappy.
Besides cheering someone up by telling them to smile is like telling a quiet person that they are so quiet. Haven't seen that ever help except make the person even more quiet.
It translates into: "I don't like seeing your face unhappy."
To which I (or anyone) might reply: "Well, I'm having a shit day and you're not helping. So... tough!"
It would be more appropriate to say nothing if you don't know the person or don't have time to ask if anything is the matter.
How do [would] you react to someone telling you what emotion to feel, much less to outwardly convey, regardless of what's actually going on inside you?
It's offensive and inexcusable, regardless of gender or intent.
How? It's a common everyday saying.
It's like asking someone to "Netflix and Chill" today vs 3 years ago. At some point it may not have only meant one thing but those days have passed.
This is quite literally the first I've ever heard this. Is there an official list of what we can and can't say anywhere?
Then it's good that you heard about it now, so you don't do it to anyone in the future!
Here's some references to better understand why this is a bad thing:
This goes for a lot of that stupid shit people who barely know each other seem obligated to say at each other in the office. No one needs it. I mean just a polite nod acknowledging one's existence is fine, or maybe a "Good Morning". Let's stop all this "How are you?" with people we aren't even on a first name basis with. I mean do you really want to know the answer?
And if you don't know a person well enough to know if they're mad or they just look a certain way while they're deep in thought or rushing off somewhere, then don't say anything. It's _totes annoying_ and presumptuous. You saying a kind word while passing in the hallway is not going to magically unfuck someone's day.
Although holding doors when lugging laptop bags and so forth is always appreciated. Please continue to do this if you do. That just might unfuck someone's day a little bit.
Unless you actually have got someone fired for an innocuous comment. Then it's tough shit for them, I suppose.
Google "telling women to smile" (no quotes) should prove enlightening. If you want something more specific, I've provided two references in the post below.
I am of the opinion minor discomforts are things we have to deal with/adapt to. Especially when there is work to do. You seem to be of the opinion that personal discomforts are something that we should avoid causing as a matter of the upmost importance.
I think we have to agree to disagree.
It costs you nothing to not say something sexist to women. So it's pretty much a no-brainer to not say something sexist to them.
Why would you want to be the minor discomfort that people have to adapt to?
I just pointed out that you can choose to get offended by small stuff or you can just get on with things...
After all, someone saying "smile" to someone else really is small stuff.
At least it has a happy ending.
That isn't the route. In such a large organization, even a very very good and proper one, such issues are not to be accelerated to the CEO. If you have thousands, tens of thousands of employees, then complaints like this will and should be a daily issue (not always a rape joke, but similarly serious complaints). That's why you have HR and legal departments.
And the next day? Workplace complaints take days or weeks to evaluate. Do not ever expect answers on the order of a day. In a really horrific situation you can ask your immediate supervisors for help, such as by transferring the alleged offenders elsewhere temporary, but do not ever expect heads to roll by next business day. The more serious the complaint, the more time one must expect before action is taken.
Do you honestly think Cook (et. al.) read their own email? I would be surprised if it's not filtered and triaged by at LEAST 3 levels of people before they see it.
From the article feels like they were joking about everyone getting raped, including men.
Anyway, rape is a serious crime, no doubt about that and the joke might have crossed a line.
But were do we draw a line by getting offended or not? These lines are pushed further out every time and sometimes limiting freedoms.
Also, men can be sexist, that's true, but we are still in a position where women have an advantage, a powerful tool to call out someone being sexist and inconsiderate and get that said person into trouble and brand him so his future prospects are completely destroyed.
Is being offended about a joke enough to cripple someones future and life?
Looks like men always have to be extra careful about what they say and what they do. I wonder when this whole gender gap won't spill over to become from a male dominant society to a female dominant one.
It's hard to find equal grounds apparently.
Agree, a workplace is not a good place to tell these. In fact there might not be a good place for it.
Also, if we go further down the rabbit hole and say that rape jokes promote rape, then we can start saying that video games promote violence, etc...
My concern is to have someone getting fired or prosecuted for a joke. Getting his career broken because of a stupid joke.
You can feel disgusted or even violated, but with the counter actions you can do more damage to the other person compared to the one you received.
I can understand victims feeling violated by rape jokes. That's no laughing matter.
Rape jokes aren't nice and can be rude. I don't want tell rape jokes and neither should anyone, but context does matter.
Penny-Arcade's d__kwolf joke (which I was referring to) wasn't actually a rape joke. The act of rape was just a part of it. It was the crime that was overlooked by the hero because he already finished a quest not related to the crime. Even with the plea of the people, he didn't care about the crime and did nothing to help. And it still was considered offensive because having a reference to rape, whilst it wasn't promoting it in any shape or form. For me it wasn't a rape joke, because the main target of the joke wasn't the rape, but the behavior of the main character ignoring people in need because of his selfish acts. This is actually a common thing when you play an RPG games, where you have to decide which quests you're going to take. And on the top of that the person pleading for help was an actually a man. So it wasn't even painting women as being rape victims.
Now the joke in this issue was about rape. Rape was the main theme, but there was no actual target. There was no reference to gender. The joke was gender neutral. It was still in bad taste and shouldn't have been said. But in the end it was picked up by one individual and made it into a big issue. This is the problem of painting the act of rape to be against just one gender. I agree there are more rape victims of women then men. But rape is gender neutral. Everyone can be a rape victim regardless of their gender.
I'm not a promoting rape jokes.
I'm against harsh punishments for things that clearly are minor offences, like a joke with no actual target.
Also read my other reply. I hope that clarifies my stand on this.
Rape jokes are bad. Harsh punishments for a bad jokes are worse.
These issues just widen the gap between genders and not close it.
Because joking about modern day slavery is so much better! Especially when they're your slaves.
Not saying it is or is not appropriate in this situation, but it's not much different than saying "I'd rather die than go to that meeting" or "this is hell" or "if I have to maintain that legacy codebase, just shoot me now".
There are theoretical foundations of design patterns?
So, that form of expression I just used, I'm just wondering if that one is still allowed? It seems pretty colloquial, but these things do change over time.
"It's a stressful environment---people have to blow off steam."
"Is X comment really that offensive?"
"Joking around is important to office culture."
"The real damage is punishing people who said the offensive thing when he/she didn't mean anything by it."
It's really not that complicated. Act professionally at work. Working at a job isn't easy, but part of the responsibility of work is to _act_ professionally, and delivering genius code doesn't give anyone a pass to act unprofessionally. When you feel an impulse to talk or joke about physical appearance, politics, religion, sex, gender, rape, racial issues, nationality/ethnicity, etc., just hold your tongue! Or write it in a little book and save it for when you're at the bar with friends. If you do say something, and inevitably get that little "I shouldn't have said that" prickle in the back of your brain---simply immediately apologize and move on! If you don't get that prickle, and a co-worker or manager says something, just take it at face value that what you said was not professional, because professional actions never raise the possibility of personal offense. That is the bare minimum you are required to do.
If you're a little more social justice oriented, you might even become aware of the ways women and minorities are treated unfairly, and take special actions to fix this. Take notice the next time you're in YAAMM -- "yet another all male meeting" -- and think about whether there are any women who could contribute but were not invited. If you hear a good idea, give credit to the originator when you repeat it. It's actually not that hard.
Going to such extremes to guarantee never offending anyone is a great way to wind up unhappy and alone at work. It's fine if that's what you want - when I don't like talking to my coworkers in the first place I happily implement that strategy.
Chances are that anyone using that strategy and isn't also miserable has a fair number of unspoken assumptions about acceptable behavior, and isn't actually using that strategy. They're just slightly more guarded than in their normal behavior.
Sweet humblebrag, I'm glad you've found a "rich" life that also fits into SFW standards.
I took your "etc" to mean anything potentially controversial. If you really can have fulfilling conversations on life, then I guess I'm alone having to balance things like risking microagressing the LDS members on my team because a "how was your weekend?" conversation might include the fact someone did some drinking.
This was such a self-promoting bs.
Richer life then others? You can't be serious! This is literally offensive to others. You just contradicted yourself right here.
If this were true we would live in a perfect world and we couldn't make any rape jokes, because rape as a crime wouldn't exist in the first place.
From the article, who was the grown-up? The guy making a mistake by telling the rape joke and apologizing afterwords, or the lady who literally had a rage fit about the whole situation and ran directly to Tim Cook and because she didn't got her way left the company?
So tell me then? Who was the grownup?
And the comment I replied to?
@daughart bragging about having a richer life and acting with a 'holier than thou' attitude? Literally being offensive! And lecturing us about how not to be offensive in an office environment?
Really? I bet this is a fun person on parties. Also I would love to talk to that team of 8. Just asking them how fun it is to work together with a person like this.
Most of the examples in the article seemed baked.
My theory is that the whole point of the new UFO campus is to jolt the working environment out of the 1980's. Sort of like replacing, rather than updating, the Mac Classic OS, in a way.
[am I getting downvoted for knowing people who worked at Apple, or for having a theory?]
In any case, I feel that there's little to be gained by questioning their intentions.