Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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What an utter non-issue
by Vanders on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:19 UTC
Vanders
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2005-07-06

Lets cover some really obvious points here.

o If RMS had defined the group as "_men_ who had never used EMACS" no one would have batted an eyelid.

o Some people have an irritating habit of using the female pronoun when refering to third parties, even when the third party may be any gender. This particularly seems to be common in US English, whereas British & International English tends to use the non-gender specific "they", "them" & "their".

o I'm quite happy being an "EMACS Virgin" and if anyone ever tries to take that virginity from me I shall strike them down with fury and vengeance.

This whole thing is just steeped in false outrage because RMS happened to refer to a female in a particularly stupid piece of his speech, which would have been equally stupid if he had referred to a male, so the use of the word "women" is utterly inconsequential.

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