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WHEN A WOMAN CALLS OUT SEXISM DURING A TECH CONFERENCE AND RECEIVES VIOLENT THREATS AND IS FIRED FROM HER JOB.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/mcicero/ Erik

    I am appalled by the violent threats and sexist response Adria received. However the firing seems predictable and even reasonable given how things played out. Adria was in a professional setting, which she knew because that’s what made the jokes particularly inappropriate, and reported the jokes through twitter instead of to the conference organizers or the company reps. This almost certainly violates the sexual harassment policies in place; taking complaints to twitter instead of through official channels was risky because it didn’t let things get handled internally.

    Once the fellow was fired for violating harassment policies, what was Sendgrid supposed to do? Could they send people back next year if they don’t enforce their own internal guidelines for reporting harassment? While the post concedes “there’s definitely a discussion to be had about the ethics of tweeting someone’s photo and identity with a comment they made at a conference “, there isn’t a discussion to be had from Sendgrid’s perspective over how they want their employees to represent them in a professional setting.

    I personally have my torch lit and pitchfork sharpened for the internet attacks on Adria, not Sendgrid.