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It's not just Open Source conferences

It's not just Open Source conferences

Posted Dec 3, 2010 4:57 UTC (Fri) by njs (guest, #40338)
In reply to: It's not just Open Source conferences by lutchann
Parent article: The dark side of open source conferences

It's interesting how there are all these people jumping to defend women against... Valerie's comments. And yet I just searched this thread, and despite their deep concern about women's rights, those same people haven't felt the need to similarly condemn any of the events described in the original post. On the contrary, they're much more worried about how rude it is to call people out for misogyny, and discounting the special problems that women encounter in FOSS groups, and talking about how hard it would be to enforce these things.

Val suggested that none of the dancers were motivated by the desire to hurt other women, and that the reason they were up on stage at a tech conference (of all things) probably had more to do with the paycheck than anything else. She probably could have been more nuanced in her analogies, but as far as I can tell, you all specifically *agree* with these points. So is this just about scoring points or what?

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It's not just Open Source conferences

Posted Dec 3, 2010 5:09 UTC (Fri) by lutchann (✭ supporter ✭, #8872) [Link]

For the record, I fully support Val's goals of raising awareness of sexual harassment at tech conferences and calling for pressure to make the atmosphere at such events more supportive of female attendees. I didn't mean for my debate with her in this sub-thread, which is only tangentially related to the original issue, to suggest otherwise.

It's not just Open Source conferences

Posted Dec 3, 2010 5:44 UTC (Fri) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

Thank you, I'm glad to hear it.

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