Saturday, August 19, 2017
ANON ASKED ALATT - "Is porn in the library sexual harassment?
Weird question but I need to ask anyway. I work at a library that has a section of computers that can have our normal filtering software removed. Of course the “official” reason for this area is if someone is doing research on breast cancer or art or other subjects that might trigger nudity, they have a dedicated space to view. The reality is these computers are in constant use by patrons looking at hardcore porn. Part of my job is to walk around and see if people need help on the computer. While I try not to notice what these patrons are looking at, sometimes they might ask me for help printing or adjusting the volume or other things and BOOM there’s some porn. Also, as you can imagine, we have had more than a few patrons engage in some self pleasuring while using these computers, so we do try to monitor the hand placement of folks as best we can. Here is my problem: I am not offended by porn per se, but I do think in my work environment I shouldn't have to be subjected to it. Obviously I don’t want to go to HR or my manager for fear of putting a red X next to my name (complainer, troublemaker, not a team player, however you want to put it). Do you think I have any rights legally or otherwise? Or should I just suck it up and accept it as part of the profession? "
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