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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RE: What an utter non-issue
by concept09 on Thu 9th Jul 2009 14:24 UTC in reply to "What an utter non-issue"
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> Lets cover some really obvious points here.

Ok, let's go.

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

True, in a room full of men that is. Would he dare make such a comment in front of a room with mostly women?...Probably not. What if instead of _men_ he had said Asians? Probably wouldn't bother the white men...but what about the Asian men? I know they'd be insulted.

> [...]which would have been equally stupid if he had referred to a male, so the use of the word "women" is utterly inconsequential.

No, it isn't at all. He wasn't being funny (because it is a stupid joke...I think we can all agree). He was being derogatory, that's the subtext of the joke...without the implication that women aren't good with technology, there is no joke.

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