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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Poor judgement
by sbergman27 on Thu 9th Jul 2009 21:03 UTC
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I think that the core issue, here, is really that of "judgement". The specifics of sexism, etc. tend to distract from that. Clearly, Richard has exercised poor judgement in this instance. And when called on it, instead of exercising good judgement and offering an apology for having offended anyone, however unintentionally, he exercises further bad judgement and claims he has nothing to apologize for. Which is, in my opinion, more disturbing than was the original gaffe.

It is the exercise of such poor judgement by an FS "leader", compounded by further, and less easily excusable, poor judgement which I find most distressing.

His first reaction: to play the victim... is also somewhat bemusing. Is he so used to employing that technique that it has simply become his tool of first choice?

This behavior would not reflect well upon anyone ostensibly acting as an FS community leader.

Edited 2009-07-09 21:13 UTC

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