TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: "Sexual Harassment" ? From:David Demyan <concord -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 8 May 1995 06:40:30 -0700
Chas. Bosdet wrote:
>Regarding the "so there, smartie pants" comment:
>1. Is the comment "denigrating"? How so?
> Is it defammatory? Does it belittle the person to whom it was
>2. Does the comment constitute "sexual harassment"? How?
Dave Demyan responds:
I was shocked to see a term in a post that, in my childhood, was a common taunt
between the sexes. I was also embarrassed that my name was in the previous
paragraph in the post. I go on record as saying the Vince Putnam's views and
I feel the comment is sexually harrassing because it seems to me to have been
intended to belittle the recipient in an inappropriately and sexually familiar
We got away with such things as kids because 1) we were kids, and 2) it wasn't
big an issue then (1950's - 60's). But adults speaking publicly should not be
to get away with it today.
I agree with Karen; Vince was way out of line.
Dave Demyan *** Mendem Concord, Inc.
(908) 753-8500 *** One Mountain Blvd.
concord -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com *** Warren, NJ 07059
FAX: (908) 754-8224