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: It certainly is an issue...
by kaiwai on Thu 9th Jul 2009 14:41 UTC in reply to "It certainly is an issue..."
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I don't want to turn this into a political rant but:

1) Maybe the majority of engineers are male because the majority of males have an interest in how things work - and only a very small number of females have that same attribute? it seems to be rather silly to equate less females in a given occupation as some sort of built in discrimination. One might as well conclude that females in teaching, nursing and other female dominated professions are discriminating males because of the click, catty, back stabbing mentality that exists.

2) Wanting to be treated as an equal means being equals without special excuses - and that means hanging out with the boys, taking the piss out of each other, then so be it. There are things that I loath but you know what? I suck it up and take it as part of my job. I've been in jobs when I've had to hear guys go on and on and on and on about their car as if it were something they had sex with each night - but guess what? I suck up my bottom lip, listen, nod my head in agreement and do my work; because I'm sure there are things I talk about that irritate the crap out of people.

3) You think females have it bad in the IT world; put yourself in my shoes being a gay male - I might as well be a oddity in a freak show or some sort of creature with Sir Richard Attenborough giving a running commentary. Atleast straight guys and girls have something in common to talk about - I'm sitting out on the fringes having to hear about guys conquests on the weekend in detail.

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