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writing rengeek magpie mind

Hey, Harlan?

This is so not okay.

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But if I had groped Connie Willis or anyone else in public wouldn't con security have removed me? Or some friend of the person I groped take me out?

The personalisation of this is relevant because of this. Whilst there are many, (too many) incidents at cons and fan meetings where people are preyed on, assaulted etc, there is a level of peer pressure that acts on some of these incidents (unfortunately not all of them.) When it comes to big names being assholes (in SF or any other field) we seem to publicly pillory them yet at the same time excuse them real punishment more readily than we do the ordinary person.

...yet at the same time excuse them real punishment...

As I commented elsewhere, I would like to see criminal charges. If the women involved do not wish to go through that further ordeal, I can understand the decision on a personal level, but that leaves the door open for yet another repetition of a long-standing problem.
I wasn't trying to say that no personalization should be done. Just that the pesonalization seemed to be leading to pooh-poohing it.

I'll personalize it in a different way, instead. Hey, Harlan Ellison grabbed her breast. There should be consequences. Certainly on a general SF con-level, and, if Ms. Willis wants, on a personal level.