SCALE 8x: Moving the needle
Posted Mar 5, 2010 22:47 UTC (Fri) by speedster1
In reply to: SCALE 8x: Moving the needle
Parent article: SCALE 8x: Moving the needle
>> suppose there were a big movement to change Free SW culture to attract the fashion-plate crowd, it really could be a big turnoff for lots of current community members (me, for one)
> Geeks in T-shirts and jeans (as if that was something bad)...
Sorry if you felt sterotyped by my example, but it was a complete misinterpretation!
My example stated that we should not be pressured into being "fashion conscious" in order to attract women who are into pop culture. Feel free to scold me for doubting that a group of people who have been trained to obsess over clothes are worthy recruits for a community more interested in creative problem-solving, but don't accuse me of picking on geeks. The last statement was meant as a contrast; there are also women who are more interested in learning than getting hung up on what people are wearing, and you can welcome them without discriminating against current members.
Try reading my comment again, in the full context of the thread. I'll summarize what I got from it.
golding: don't get hung up on female attendance, just be open to all coders independent of gender
paulj: golding is paranoid about having females getting favored over him; that's a non-issue in the real world
speedster1: maybe golding is not paranoid; some efforts to "balance attendance" really could be detrimental to the existing community, *insert hypothetical example of doin' it wrong*, so try to be sensible
forthy: everyone picks on geeks for being bad dressers and lacking in hygiene, and in general it's popular among girls to be man-haters nowadays
speedster1: Hello, hello??? I'm NOT picking on geeks for being bad dressers or lacking in hygiene; I AM one. Be nice to women like Sarah Mei who are interested in technology, but don't bend over backwards to attract women who spend hours primping every day and think what Vogue has to say is important. It probably wouldn't work anyways.
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