25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME's Outreach Program for Women
Posted Feb 4, 2013 17:35 UTC (Mon) by dskoll
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all these tend to indicate that open-source communities are actually less likely to discriminate based on gender than the general population.
I don't agree. Open-source developers often tend to be opinionated and vocal. While I think these are good things, they sometimes morph into the closely-related bad cousins of arrogance and aggressiveness and this can turn off a lot of women. It turns off a lot of men, too, but I think we are more socially conditioned to ignore or fight back against aggression than women are.
Also, have you read the horror stories like The dark side of open source conferences? That article was quite shocking (to me, at any rate) and I have no reason to disbelieve it. It seems the open-source community isn't as liberal and open-minded as you might think, especially when some of its members get some alcohol into their systems.
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