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Netflix’s New Anti-Harassment Rules Are A Little Extreme, But Maybe That’s Just What We Need

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'Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.'

An on-set runner at Netflix claims that the company is going over and above to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace in the wake of #MeToo.

Speaking to The Sun, the runner whose name has not been revealed, said; ‘Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate. Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.

‘You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed. And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.’

Other rules reportedly include; avoid lingering hugs, don’t ask people out more than once, steer clear if they say no.

Filming of Netflix show House of Cards was disrupted after Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment, the company reacted by swiftly cutting his role and recasting him.

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However, these rules seem a little extreme – I mean how can you have a serious conversation with someone without looking at them for more than five seconds?! But maybe that’s just what we need.

Having clear boundaries might be just the thing to help people understand the difference between warranted and unwarranted behaviour. If someone says no when you ask them on a date, they most likely aren’t playing hard to get, they’re just not into you.

These new rules also enable victims of harassment to bring up specific boundaries that a colleague has breached – for example; ‘he asked for my number more than once, Netflix has deemed that act to be against their anti-harassment guidelines, so I’m raising a complaint.’

The #MeToo movement made it very clear that we have a serious sexual harassment problem, not just in Hollywood, but in many other industries and outside of the workplace too, so these measures might seem dramatic, but the problem calls for some drastic action to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen.

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