Posted Feb 3, 2013 0:45 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Overt outreach
Parent article: 25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME's Outreach Program for Women
I thought it was obvious that in the first example you cite the objective was to select developers for a given development project; while in the second the goal is to increase participation of women in free software, therefore the way to do it is using gender. The objective is what counts in both situations.
Note that in free software developers are not selected but they offer to participate; in this program women are encouraged to do so with an internship. There is no exclusion of male developers in any project, just an incentive to a certain group which is grossly underrepresented.
By the way: the Golden Rule, not a good idea. Try the categorical imperative. I think applying similar programs (for men or women) to any situation where gender imbalance is about 90~99% would not be a bad idea.
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