I touched on this a while back, and have posted extensively about it on social media, but I realized I couldn’t countenance writing another entry here until I’d talked about #teamharpy at greater length. Frankly, it’s overdue, and I’m sorry about that.
I support #teamharpy. I admire nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey for their courage and their actions.
I support #teamharpy because harassment is a problem in the library world and beyond, and it’s only going to get worse if we ignore it or try to silence those who speak to it. That’s certainly the case within our profession as we continue to look to tech culture, start-ups and the like for inspiration, because if anything the culture there is worse.
I support #teamharpy because I’ve seen the pushback to even the most basic attempts to combat harassment at conferences — the ALA and SLA Codes of Conduct, for example, not to mention the actual enforcement of same — so I have no patience for critics who claim that #teamharpy didn’t address this situation in the correct way. What the correct way would’ve been is always poorly defined, because better means to address this kind of situation basically don’t exist. I wish they did. We should make it so they do, but let’s not pretend we already have.
I support #teamharpy because librarians, as a profession, should oppose SLAPP suits whenever they occur. If we’re willing to call out this kind of behavior when it’s a publisher trying to silence a librarian, it’s unconscionable to claim that we have to shut up and “let the courts decide” when it occurs within our own community.
I support #teamharpy because it’s the right thing to do.
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot to link to the petition asking Joe Murphy to drop the lawsuit. Go forth and sign it.
- Official #teamharpy blog
- Call for witnesses
- Legal defense fund
- Sarah Houghton, who’s handling the aforementioned legal defense fund, provides an FAQ and her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment
- Barbara Fister being right as usual, and her additional thoughts with even more links