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 GeorgesBraque on Thu 9th Jul 2009 16:59 UTC in reply to "What an utter non-issue"
GeorgesBraque
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i'd like to offer some counterpoint . . .

the fact that no one would have "batted an eyelid" if RMS referred to "_men_ who had never used EMACS" is perhaps related more to the fact that the english language has an incomplete approach to gender/sex (e.g. gendered pronouns with no gendered adjectival agreement) - at least in comparison to romance languages.

i think that we have to look at a larger picture:

despite whatever intentions RMS had/has, as a public figure (one who has done many things i admire) he must be responsible for the interpretations of his public statements. it would be ignorant to refuse the connotations forced on language by the history of institutional sexism.

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