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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now come on
by l3v1 on Thu 9th Jul 2009 13:41 UTC
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Your remarks gave the distinct impression that you view women as being in particular need of technical assistance (presumably by men, since there's apparently no such thing as a _male_ "EMACS virgin"); additionally, women are quite capable of making their own decisions


Much fuss about - almost - nothing.

"Being one of only a handful of women in an audience at a male-dominated talk amplifies the awkwardness

So what? At least they get to know how someone feels when (s)he belongs to a minority (in whatever issue) or to a group which is "left out of" whatever positive discrimination. We could go on with this, but for what purpose?

a serious technological conference is not one of them

Oh yes it is. I wish at least 1% of conference speakers I ever heard would be just a bit like RMS, oh the joy it would bring to boring performances.

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