female:pressure is built on trust and therefore dedicated to providing an experience of mutual respect for everyone. We can neither tolerate harassment of participants in any form nor attitudes of prerogative, privilege and discrimination.

For many years, we did not have an explicit code of conduct because we thought that based on the personal contacts within our network cordial interaction was self-evident. However, having a code of conduct is often an indicator that a project has a sizeable quantity of contributors. Not only did our number of members increase by over 1500 percent in 20 years, we now also comprise people from 86 countries with many different cultural backgrounds. And yes, we want to grow further. Communication and collaboration within such a diverse multitude of people requires empathy, attention, listening, sometimes diplomacy, or tenderness, and always a clear and fair-spoken mode of expression.

This Code of Conduct applies to all female:pressure spaces both online and offline, including our mailing list, Facebook groups and Discord server. We, as female:pressure are dedicated to mediating conflicts within our network. Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Awareness Team [please see more in consequences below].

If you have questions about the conduct in female:pressure spaces, if you feel unsafe, or in case you think something is wrong with how things are handled within the network or its spaces, please don't hesitate to contact us at .

Some female:pressure spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

female:pressure prioritizes marginalized people's safety over privileged people's comfort. Therefore, our Awareness Team reserves the right not to act on:

The abuse of trust within the network is extremely damaging for its development. Misappropriation of intellectual property amongst female:pressure members is a worst case scenario in this regard, in particular if the wronged party is a member of a marginalized group. Such behaviour will not be tolerated. For example, the use of Aboriginal/Indigenous music, storytelling and wordplay must be 100% supported by the Aboriginal/Indigenous person, stakeholder or owner of original property or it cannot be reproduced in any analog or digital format.


As of April 2024, we have introduced a new check in and warning system for members of our network and subscribers of our mailing list. The four-level notification system serves primarily to assist the volunteer Awareness Team in handling cases of differing severity, to foster safe modes of communication, and to dismantle systemic racism and imbalanced power structures within the network.

Notifications from the Awareness Team are sent as a result of harmful messages to the mailing list and behaviors or messages off the list that the Awareness Team witnesses or is notified about and that happen, for example, in our Discord server, social media channels, or offline. We also check in on the wellbeing of the recipients of harmful messages.

Level 1 Notification

A level 1 notification is due for content that might not be immediately offensive but is or contains either inconsiderate expression of strong personal opinions, personal and derogatory call out from previous emails, is poorly and unclearly phrased and potentially polarizing, or for messages that have a deceptive subject line.

Outcomes: Members will receive an email notification with 'Thank you for considering'. No further action is made. No follow up.

Level 2 Notification

A level 2 notification is due when members police other members behind the scenes or openly on the list or in our social media spaces. Such a behavior is particularly problematic when the policing person is a senior member of the network. Level 2 Warnings are also due for misinformation, unfounded claims, and potential disinformation, for polarizing content, self-righteousness, and/or pejorative judgment, or emotionally manipulative silencing of dissenting members.

Outcomes: Members will receive an email notification with 'Thank you for taking this seriously'. No further action is made.

Level 3 Notification

A level 3 notification is due for deliberately offensive, vindictive, and/or openly harmful messages either on the list or off the list, for highly polarizing, provocative, and/or inflammatory content in words or links.

Outcomes: Members receive an email notification. Their subscription is set to "hold for moderation" beyond the general list moderation settings. They are asked to suggest their own ways to make reparations to the people most affected by their behavior.

Level 4 Notification

A level 4 notification is due when multiple warnings have been sent within a month, or when a member clearly and comprehensively breaches the Code of Conduct.

Outcomes: Recognition and reparations are necessary. Suspension from the mailing list until recognition and reparations are made.


If you are being harassed by a member of female:pressure, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Awareness Team at . If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves and we will assign an external facilitator to handle your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This Vode of Vonduct applies to female:pressure spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of female:pressure outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all reports of harassment by female:pressure members seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that takes place at any point in time.

In order to protect volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we've received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of female:pressure members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


It is the role of the awareness team to mediate in case of conflicts within the community. Participants are reminded by email to stop any harassing behavior and are expected to comply immediately. The consequences of warnings that the Awareness Team may issue are detailed above in the four-level warning section. Mediation efforts may include gathering relevant information such as statements from the harassed person, harasser, any witnesses, and/or relevant documents so that the Awareness Team may comment and take action with a full understanding of the offence.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Awareness Team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all female:pressure spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other female:pressure members or the general public.


In addition to the above general Code of Conduct, we ask you to respect the following rules and recommendations for posting to our mailing list:

female:pressure and its admins accept no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on its mailing list by other people.

female:pressure does not generally monitor its mailing list for inappropriate postings, and does not undertake editorial control of postings. We do, however, reserve the right to prevent posting to our mailing list in the event of failure to comply with the Code of Conduct or the mailing list netiquette.

To unsubscribe or change your subscription mode, please visit our mailman settings page.
More information how a Mailman 3 discussion list like ours works can be found in the Mailman 3 user guide.

April 2024

The anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community.

If you are a female:pressure member and think something is missing in this Code of Conduct, or should be changed, or you just want to give general feedback, please email the Awareness Team at .