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[2]: What an utter non-issue
by lawlernet on Thu 9th Jul 2009 17:18 UTC in reply to "RE: What an utter non-issue"
lawlernet
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Also, to those who claim that his remarks suggest the negative stereotype that women need technical assistance more than men, well this negative stereotype is a fact. The bulk of people who ask me for technical assistance are female and female computer geeks are rather rare, but you can find them by the boatloads among men.


I live in a community where a lot of African-Americans live. The vast majority of the people that ask me for technical assistance are black. By that logic, black people are bad with technology. Do you see a problem here? Your anecdotal evidence is not even close to being considered statistical fact, the likelihood of you and your individual situation being accurately reflective of the entire population is slim, so that's why these jokes are stupid and likely offensive.

Even if women are more likely to ask you for information regarding technology it's still not morally right to treat every woman like a technology tard.

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