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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Comment by jido
by jido on Mon 13th Jul 2009 16:31 UTC
jido
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The more significant problem was your comments regarding "EMAC virgins", which you defined as being specifically "_women_ who had never used EMACS", and for whom being "relieved" of this "virginity" was a "holy duty".
Is that supposed to be a parody of the Church of Mary? Sorry but I did not understand the reference, probably because I don't know much about catholicism.

The second part about the holy duty sounds strongly sexist but it is difficult to judge with just one example. I do believe that, with an assembly that is mostly male with only a few women, this kind of joke is a bad idea. It is ostracism.

Ah, and sultanqasim is a sexist idiot. Go play with your tech toys since they are obviously meant for men only.

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