I started a new job recently. I’m working with great people on really exciting stuff.
So this is as good a time as any to establish some disclaimers regarding my personal writings and social media accounts.
I think it’s perfectly reasonable for employers to hold employees accountable for bad behavior they engage in on their own time. If I’m publicly engaging in behavior that might give the appearance of impropriety, or give coworkers a reasonable impression that I’ll discriminate against them, it is right and proper for my employer to have a problem with that. Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.
But there’s a particular brand of troll that works to silence women by trying to get us fired for having opinions on the internet. I’ve seen it happen to friends of mine and to women I barely know at all, and it can get really ugly.
So just to be clear:
When I write or post things online, I am speaking as a private citizen, and all views I express are my own. I’m not acting as an employee or speaking for my employer. My employer does not have editorial control over my blog, my social media accounts, or anything else I write online (except for some of my code, which gets published on my github account).
If I write something for my employer, it will be clearly marked as such. Code-wise, that means it’ll appear in a repository my employer owns, or else a fork of a repository they own. My job doesn’t involve writing things for public consumption other than code at the moment, but if it ever does, that content will appear on my employer’s site, or a social media account they own, or will otherwise be prominently and clearly marked as having been written in my capacity as an employee.
I will never, under any circumstances, be using this blog or my private social media accounts to host content I wrote for work.
I take responsibility for the way that I comport myself, both on the job and off. So if you have complaints about me that are my employer’s business, I’m not going to tell you what to do with those. But if you’re just some sexist troll who’s annoyed by how I’m responding (or not) to your harassment, you should be aware that I’m a federal employee, and that my employer is therefore constitutionally barred from retaliating against me for any statements that I make that are not pursuant to my official duties.
Since I never, ever post anything pursuant to my official duties on this blog or my private social media accounts, you’re pretty much out of luck on that front. Maybe you should instead spend that time examining why you’re so invested in getting women to shut up.
3 thoughts on “Disclaimer O’Clock”
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present my hero, Lee Flower.
Congratulations on your new job. Nothing beats working with great people.
Thank you for continuing to post. I, for one, enjoy your writings. It’s a safe place for me to reflect on, and hopefully check, the inherant power I have in most social situations.
Thank you! I’m really excited about the new gig.
I’m glad my posts are helpful to you, sporadic though they are. I’m also a blogger over at Geek Feminism, so anything I’m going to write that fits under the Geek Feminism umbrella generally goes there instead of here. I’m trying to get better about actually writing long-form blog posts instead of just stringing tweets together. It’s really easy to get stuff out there on Twitter, but it’s hard to read long-form thoughts in that format.
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