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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
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(Nearly) full tickless operation in 3.10
And umm...well we are born virgins... I mean, unless you're a twin and for some reason gettin' frisky with your sibling in the womb...
OK, I'll bite. Sides of this issue you might not be considering
Posted Aug 27, 2009 4:34 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens (guest, #2510)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 7:48 UTC (Thu) by johill (subscriber, #25196)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 7:52 UTC (Thu) by johill (subscriber, #25196)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 15:39 UTC (Thu) by maco (guest, #53641)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 15:47 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:09 UTC (Thu) by Skud (guest, #59840)
From what I can see here and in previous threads, LWN-style discussion is sexist, ignorant tripe that ignores and attempts to silence women. Is this what you meant?
Posted Aug 27, 2009 20:27 UTC (Thu) by corbet (editor, #1)
On rare occasion (decreasingly rare, unfortunately), I wander into a discussion that, I think, has gone off-track and doesn't really fit on LWN; I'll ask that the discussion stop. In this case, the discussion wandered into hymens and sexual history, which is just a bit off-topic for LWN.
I have pointed not tried to stop the larger discussion, despite the fact that I'm tired of it and some of the participants in it. The larger discussion is important. That is why LWN continues to point out things like this summit and your keynote, and that is why I have made my own feeble attempts at writing on the subject. It would sure be a lot easier to just avoid the topic, but I don't think it would be right.
LWN-style discussion tends to be technical, intelligent, and useful. Obviously, there are exceptions. I am not proud of them, to say the least, but there is far more to LWN than that.
Posted Aug 28, 2009 2:26 UTC (Fri) by quotemstr (subscriber, #45331)
Posted Aug 28, 2009 18:46 UTC (Fri) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
That makes sense to me, but I'm not part of the group that feels excluded.
Rather than "is is really important?", how about we look at what's being asked for. If the feeling-excluded group just wants a "no sexism" policy to be written down, then why not do it?
Either there's no problem, in which case writing this policy changes nothing, or there is a problem, and this policy improves things.
I didn't see this before, so I'm glad this big long discussion took place.
Posted Aug 28, 2009 18:53 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
there are things that are very obviously sexism, I'm not talking about those
but is referring to a user/developer in the third person as 'him' or 'he' disallowed sexism that needs to be aggressively stamped out?
Posted Aug 28, 2009 19:11 UTC (Fri) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
Posted Aug 28, 2009 20:43 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
if a project is making a formal statement to ban any sexist comments I think there is a need to give some indication where the project considers the line to be.
I have had a boss who, when referring to internal opinion will use the phrase 'just between us girls we know that .....'
this statement could very definantly be taken as sexist or potentially harassment
note that I have not made any comment on the gender of the manager or the staff that this is said to. it happens that the manager and the entire staff is male at this point in time. does this make a difference on if it's considered sexism or not?
I personally suspect that at one time in the past he would have said 'just between us boys' and got called on it as being a sexist comment so altered his habit.
Posted Aug 29, 2009 11:32 UTC (Sat) by Skud (guest, #59840)
Posted Aug 28, 2009 22:26 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
(If you happen to think that the reason for this is that women just naturally think differently from men -- I don't -- then you should be even *more* in favour of fixing this. That's a different viewpoint we're not getting, and different viewpoints = better design/coding/bugfixing.)
Posted Aug 29, 2009 21:35 UTC (Sat) by njs (guest, #40338)
In theory, that's great. But in practice, it means that women face all sorts of problems, and you get it ignore that, because hey, they're just like everyone else. They don't get it ignore it. And if you don't care or think about people's gender, then how certain are you that you've never assumed everyone was male, made sexist remarks, etc.? I'm sure there are people around you who do that kind of stuff, and the human default is to pick up whatever the people around us are doing (monkey see, monkey do, as they say). If you're not making a conscious effort to avoid it, then how do you know you aren't?
> The code and philosophy is what's important.
Dude, we're social mammals. The philosophy's cashed out in the code; the code's produced by communities. Can you really say mailing lists, IRC, conferences, blogs, planets, conference calls, LWN, bug tracker threads, ... are unimportant? Have you ever seen a philosophy department take on multi-billion-dollar industries?
Discussing social interaction is in no way a distraction from the "important" parts of FOSS.
Posted Aug 27, 2009 23:58 UTC (Thu) by maco (guest, #53641)
Posted Aug 28, 2009 0:05 UTC (Fri) by BrucePerens (guest, #2510)
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