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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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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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

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

But I'm not assuming he is being sexist, at least not any more. After all he did come out and say as much. My issue is more with RMS trying to make himself out to be some kind of victim. The guy made a public statement which very easily could be construed as a sexist remark. If he was truly not being sexist, he should apologies for it and hopefully amend his future scripts, end of story.

As a public speaker, these kinds of misunderstandings happen all the time, that's the bane of public speaking. If RMS doesn't want to be considered a rank amateur, he should take a leaf out of pretty much any other modern public speakers book.

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