Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
Posted Aug 9, 2005 14:22 UTC (Tue) by thompsot
Parent article: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
This whole tired idea is blindly oblivious to the fact that by nature, men and women are different and there is nothing wrong with that particular reality that needs to be fixed. Scientific, psychological, and sociological research has already backed up a thousand times what we can all already see for ourselves, that men are generally attracted to the more concrete and logic oriented disciplines (not that men are all logical...), with programming being one example, and women generally are not. That doesn't mean that any woman who enjoys programming is not a real woman or vise-versa for men, it just means that she possesses a wider range of interests than the average woman, and that's a good thing. Same is true for men.
Why draw up the battle lines when there is nothing to fight about? I haven't seen any indication that any men or women or race or creed has been turned down from contributing to OSS based on that criteria. The only criteria I've seen for acceptance is whether the code is good or not. The article itself points to this fact. The only thing needing attention is when respect breaks down and men and women become combatants, which in this case can be caused by witch hunts such as this article. I agree emphatically that in the face of discrimination there must be attention given to it and it should be dealt with, but this article is not dealing with any discrimination, and the it clearly indicates that women are much more involved in OSS than in proprietary software. This article is just stirring the pot to see if we can find something to argue about. I agree with you completely that this type of thing is a distraction, and causes more sexist issues than it solves.
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