Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 20:17 UTC
In the News "An incident at the annual Python developer conference has led to allegations of sexism, death threats, the firings of two people, and - apparently - multiple DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks." Absolutely bizarre.
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Ashamed
by jal_ on Mon 25th Mar 2013 12:22 UTC
jal_
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2006-11-02

Though it maybe expected, given that sexism and misogyny is rampant in the tech community at large, I'm deeply ashamed that here at OSNews, dumb, mysoginist comments like http://www.osnews.com/permalink?556059 are upvoted into the sky, and thoughtful, diplomatic comments like http://www.osnews.com/permalink?556068 are downvoted into the ground.

A few thoughts:
1) At a conference sitting in rows, if you are talking to your neighbour, unless wispering at very low volume, people around you will hear you. If you make a joke, you get heard. Don't tell me they didn't know that. Everyone knows that.
2) The tech communicty is extremely male dominated and misogyny is rampant. You need only Google, even with weak Google fu, to determine that. Almost every woman that has visited a tech conference (or for that matter other male dominated conferences like SciFi, comics, etc.) has experienced sexism or worse.
3) Woman do not have to put up with sexism. Men do not have the prerogative to demean or sexualize women for their pleasure. Yet it happens all the time, and the typical male response is that's it's "only" meant as a joke.
4) Adria did not call for the guys' resignation. She asked the conference organizers to handle them according to the conference rules. No doubt this wasn't the first time she had to deal with this kind of behaviour, and sadly it won't be the last.

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