Well, something like this could always do with more publicity.
EDIT: the link doesn't seem to work right for at least me and one other reader, but it's definitely the right link: I think there's something wrong on Noirin's end, sorry about that. If it doesn't work for you - if it takes you to the About Me page instead of a blog entry - go to the front page of her site and you can see the entry, for now at least.
So, here's the thing. Here are the circumstances under which you - whoever you are - are allowed to make sexual contact with another person:
- When that person has explicitly granted you permission to do so
That's it. There are no others. 'S/he is wearing revealing clothing' does not qualify. 'I kind of thought s/he was up for it based on ways I interpreted his/her behaviour' does not cut it either. 'S/he is drunk' (and/or 'I am drunk') DEFINITELY do not cut it. Sexual touching in any circumstance but the above is both deeply morally reprehensible and also a crime just about everywhere, and no, you don't get to complain if you get named in public. Or arrested.
If you think you're going to have trouble with the above rules, you may want to consider not drinking, not attending conferences, and/or patching yourself to be less of a scummy human being.
While I think it's deeply messed up that conferences would need to have an explicit 'hey, don't sexually assault other conference members, kay?' guideline, naturally I support the idea of having one at all community conferences 100%, since it seems like it's actually needed. Who's organizing FUDCon Tempe? Can we get this on the agenda, if it's not there already?