CoC diversity list concerns, suggestions
I want to reiterate and discuss some points about the list of acknowledged diverse identities.
The current CoC draft has 2 duplicate listings of:
> regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure, spirituality, religion (or lack thereof), education, or other inherent qualities.
At the very least, there should be only one case of this list. Any other place can simply refer back to the "list above" or similar.
Stop trying to be complete?
But I'm still concerned that any list of entries larger than around 5-7 items (i.e. the number of things people can hold in working memory) inherently comes across as an attempt at being a complete list even with the acknowledgement of "…or other".
So, for example, consider if we removed "neuro(a)typicality" from the current list but left everything else the same. That would seem clearly to be omitting that class and be a signal to people that this issue was not considered and may not be recognized.
However, I think everything would be better if we made the list much shorter and emphasized the incompleteness, such as: "…regardless of personal qualities such as gender, age, race, socioeconomic status, or other diverse traits".
That short sentence, easily readable, makes it clear that these really are just examples and in no way feels like neuro(a)typicality is specifically omitted.
Even if we keep the attempted-exhaustive list, add "qualities such as" to the front of the list in addition to the "other" at the end helps ENORMOUSLY in my view. So, let's please do that at least.
Still, the huge list seemingly trying to be exhaustive always makes me feel an obligation to expand the list for any trait I see missing. A short list feels like not only are we simply imperfect at exhausting all possibilities but we actually know that more than this are covered and so there's no doubt about privileging certain traits per se. If we keep the long list, I have other traits I think should be added. I can't get over having both a long list and omitting traits that we surely do want included… if it's long, it needs to be thorough.
Diversity in other areas aligned with our values
We should not tolerate intolerance. So, we should not support the expression of prejudiced discriminatory views, particularly against marginalized people. Adding Nazis isn't the form of diversity we want.
I think we can simply acknowledge that we don't tolerate views in conflict with our celebration of diversity and the rest of the co-op values. When there's no such conflict, we want to support diversity of opinions, professions, etc.
If we keep a shorter list (as I suggest above), then it's easier to just skip the idea of listing "professions" etc. because it's acknowledged that unreasonable discrimination on that basis is not okay along with lots of other unlisted traits. But if we keep the long list, then we need to have this debate about that and other things to continue the expanding list…