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 steogede2 on Fri 10th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC in reply to "What an utter non-issue"
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o If RMS had defined the group as "_men_ who had never used EMACS" no one would have batted an eyelid.

If they are offended by the notion that duty of males to relieve females of their (EMACS) virginity. They would surely be even more offended by the suggestion that it was the duty of females to relieve males of their (EMACS) viginity.

This whole thing is just steeped in false outrage because RMS happened to refer to a female in a particularly stupid piece of his speech, which would have been equally stupid if he had referred to a male, so the use of the word "women" is utterly inconsequential.

That was exactly the impression I got from the emails. It didn't appear that "Lefty" had actually been directly offended himself, rather he was offended that someone else may have been offended. I don't really think anyone has much of a right to be offended on behalf of someone else, who likely isn't actually offended - it is the greatest flaw of political correctness.

"Lefty" kept on going on about how a "technical conference" wasn't the place such politically incorrect behaviour - which ofcourse is the next biggest failing of political correctness, its proponent like to apply to many situations where it is not relevant. In essence being politically correct all the time, is like writing in legalese all the time, there's a time and a place. Conference talks, especially keynotes, should (imho) first and foremost be entertaining. They should be though provoking and informative. Conferences should (imho) only be politically correct if it is a political or social work conference.

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