Inclusivity and Freedom from Harassment
MACHINE is an inclusive event and a sexual harassment free zone.
It is deeply important to us that all of our guests feel welcome and enjoy an environment free from harassment or discrimination of any sort, and specifically on account of race, religion, ability, gender, sexual preference, and gender identification.
We don’t tolerate harassment
Harassment is making fun of, threatening, standing over, or any physical or verbal action that makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.
We don’t tolerate sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited sexual behaviour that makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.
Let’s dance to the techno sounds.
The above mandate is designed to be a failsafe measure to guarantee us the kind of environment and atmosphere that is safe, warm, friendly and most of all caring. We all know what this feels like, especially those of us who cut their teeth back in the rave era. This atmosphere was a large part of the culture, it was what made the whole thing so compelling.
Now that we exist for the most part in the night club arena, not everyone gets it. But that shouldn’t be at the expense of some peoples good time. So we’ve talked about it and tossed ideas around and finally settled on a strategy for how to nurture and nourish the atmosphere that we depend upon.
It’s simple. A straight up statement of what we stand for, and significantly what we don’t, and won’t accept. But that is only half of the story. It’s the Riot Act. But we also want to be proactive in fostering the right environment. And to do that we need active involvement from our nearest and dearest.
We want a vociferous community. People willing to express themselves and share their insight and experience. One very important aspect of that is to speak up when you see something untoward. We need to back each other and support one another. It’s not always easy for a person who is being harassed to speak up for themselves. It’s great when someone else is willing to find out if all is well. Simply to ask a question. Don’t get me wrong we don’t want a watch dog society or one where people leap to assumed conclusions, just a culture of caring about the other. And this is easily expressed in the asking: “Are you okay?”.
Part 2. With new fresh faces at the club and at Machine sometimes it’s nice to reach out to another, introduce, welcome in, etc… And in so doing you model the kind of friendly, inclusive behaviour that we want to be around. Likewise feel free to tap another on the shoulder and explain why bumping on the dance floor is not what we want. Or shoving through in a crowd etc… We will be attending to those two behaviours pretty closely in the coming months.
In short, we’re all pretty clear on what kind of elements make a great party environment, and we’ve decided to make it explicit and actively nurture it. The bottom line is community. Communities are strong when they take an interest in and support one another and those new to them. So we really encourage you to relish, enjoy and share your perspective and experience with us and the Machine community around you.
Simon and Andrew