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's wrong with sexism?
by PrimalDK on Thu 9th Jul 2009 19:32 UTC
PrimalDK
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2005-07-12

This might be a somewhat controversial question to ask, but for those who haven't already reached for their flamethrowers...

By using the term "sexist", you're assuming that there is *really* no difference between men and women, an assumption which (more or less) any statistical evidence, collected within any context, at any point in time or within any period of time, will contradict.

For those who disagree, I challenge you to come up with evidence to the contrary.

So, assuming the above (no pun intended), why can RMS not crack jokes about a specific gender and tech, when

1. women can be virgins
2. you seldom hear, e.g., "Virgin John"
3. making sexual and sexist remarks is funny
4. women are under-represented in tech

Now, you may disagree with the above, but please note that it's *entirely* politically correct to joke about the male gender, at all times, in all contexts, as the mentioned George Carlin has done on numerous occasions.

It's as if women - and the men that have succumbed to the simplistic and dogmatic views of the feminists - refuse to acknowledge the fact that the rules of their dogma tend to be self-contradictory in nature:

1. women should be treated equally to men
2. you CANNOT make jokes about women and virginity
3. you CAN make jokes about men and virginity
4. you CANNOT make jokes about women and intelligence
5. you CAN make jokes about men and intelligence
6. etc. ad nausseum...

Get a grip, women of either gender. If you want equality, learn self-irony and let go of your self-importance.

Accept - as do the gays and handicapped - that joking about any subset of the human race is supposed to make you laugh, not enrage you.

Oh, and if you find someone or something offensive, get a mirror before you exercise your moral judgement.

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