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: It certainly is an issue...
by Vanders on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:43 UTC in reply to "It certainly is an issue..."
Vanders
Member since:
2005-07-06

Sexism in IT is a problem. This wasn't an example of sexism in IT though: people are simply seeing the word "women" through their red mist, and aren't bothering to look at the context or think about what he actually said.

If it helps, what he said was equally stupid no matter which sex or gender you replace the word "women" with.

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

people are simply seeing the word "women" through their red mist, and aren't bothering to look at the context or think about what he actually said.

You could very well be right, Vanders, but I disagree. How on earth could you know what RMS was thinking when he made his stupid joke without him clarifying? It's exactly that potential for misunderstanding or not that is often at the heart of other stupid idiots belittling sexism as females not being able to take a joke.

The guy is a public speaker and well known in the FLOSS movement. At the end of the day, unless he wants to cause offence, he should apologies for any off-colour remakes he makes. For all means give us an explanation but whatever he does, he still owes people an apology without trying to make himself out to be the victim.

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Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

How on earth could you know what RMS was thinking when he made his stupid joke without him clarifying?


I agree, and your point works either way. We can't assume he was being sexist, either!

Edited 2009-07-09 15:57 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Sexism is a problem, not just in IT, but in all vocations.

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