[Zope] Re: A plea for equality

alan runyan runyaga at runyaga.com
Tue Oct 21 14:33:30 EDT 2003


I deeply apologize.  There is a world wide community.  Mostly dominated
by men.  But 10% of the Plone Conference was women.  So I would suggest
any female who feels uncomfortable about someone's language to contact
me.  I will do my best to address the problems.  Also it doesnt take
very much of someone to say, "I dont appreciate your sexist remark."
And usually people will apologize.  Please speak out and curb the
community away from sexist remarks.  If there are any problems
you may contact me personally.  Of course it would be best if you
emailed the person offline with your frustration before bringing it
to the mailing list or me.

alan runyan

> I have come across something that I think most people have come across 
> before in IT .. and in general .. something called sexism. Something a 
> female zopista told me today tipped me over the edge to write this .. 
> it's something I have seen myself on plenty of occassions ...
> No this is not something 'rampant' in the community .. just something 
> that happens occassionaly .. and being one of those people that despise 
> the ignorance that leads to these types of comments .. have to say 
> something. I just wanted to ask everyone to think about the communities 
> they are in, and that they are made up of all sorts, and all types. Our 
> IRC channels are made up of them as well. A lot of the time these people 
> stay 'quiet', and learn and listen ... to developers that talk about 
> their female counterparts in derogatory ways .. as though the channels 
> are made up up macho men.
> Knowing the community doesn't feel this way as a whole, I would like to 
> say to those few people to THINK before being so ignorant.
> I know personally of people that are avoiding certain IRC channels due 
> to the fact they find them male dominated, and sexist, and I find this 
> SHOCKING. It's not in the people or who's there .. but some regular 
> users attitudes to a community they feel comfortable with as they are 
> leaders or regulars in their area.
> I just want people to think .. if you want to talk about your 
> relationships .. or relationships, or peoples life choices in general .. 
> be aware the community is made up of ALL of them.
> thanks for your time to read this ..
> Dave
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