EDIT: Chris, I hope I'm reading you incorrectly. From here, it looks like you're saying "They got away with it before, so despite it being a flagrant breach of the convention's policy they should continue to get away with it indefinitely." Please correct me.
I guess I just don't see it as that big a 'breach'. Maybe I'm too laissez faire about these things, to be honest.
Them keep getting away with it? No, they got called out for it, good. But there's a good chance they DID get away with it for several years. And frankly, forgive me, but as I said, the more I think on it, the less I think it should have caused such an uproar. Maybe some disciplinary action should have been called for, but losing their JOBS? And in this financial climate?
People make inappropriate comments all the time, some are worse than others. But truth be told, I'd be more upset at these guys if they were being blatantly sexist, as in making fun of women in their workplace. But they weren't. They were making dick jokes to each other, and I'm going to make the assumption that they didn't think that they were being that 'bad', hell they probably didn't think anyone was going to overhear them.
Conventions are pretty noisy, you hear and mishear things all the time.
Also, I've had more women tell me dick jokes than guys, over the years, so I guess my perception of this is skewed.
And the other issue I'm having right now, which is only tangentially related to this is I'm sitting here alone, and I'm saying 'Don't be a dick.' then I go and mentally say, 'Don't be a cunt.'
But the moment I use cunt, even to myself, red flags are going up in my head, and I'm uncomfortable. And I don't know why. I mean, both words are being used to mean the same thing (being a jerk), and both describe the appropriate, if crude, genitalia, but for some reason cunt is somehow more offensive. To me.
And I'm literally sitting here wondering why.