Re: women in debian
On Thu, Nov 16, 2000 at 05:16:10PM -0800, S.J. Black typed:
} > } Open Source is for many people about ego. "Look at
} > what I did", or "I could write that better than they
} > did". This is a very male tendency.
} Josip, fellas don't have a copyright on ego. There are a lot of women
} who, for various reasons, trade in it too -
} but, like wizards (or sysadmins!), are subtle...and many have not
} learned the value of the "direct approach" in their daily pursuits. And
} sadly, everyone loses.
Truer words never spoken.
} > If men are the apes beating their chests and yelling at
} > each other, and occaisonally fighting, women are the
} > tigers slinking in the dark, playing a game of
} > stalk-and-kill.
} Except that women have opposable thumbs. All the better to code with, my
No, actually we're K'zin....
} > I don't particularly care whether or not more women come
} > in. I only care if *people* come in.
} Absolutely!! although there might be a good argument to allow sentient
} turtles in...(please tell me you've read Pratchett...).
Oh yes. I like to think in terms of "Unseen University versus the
Ramtops", when I think about these issues at all.
} The guys who want to see more of a balance between the genders in
} debian/ tech in general might want to let their sisters, girlfriends,
} moms, female acquaintances know that they *can* learn to do tech stuff,
} that their company in such pursuits is welcome. Encourage confidence in
Yeah, but it's hard to tell whether some want or don't want to learn.
It's legitimate to not want to learn. I occaisonally wonder how it
is in the psychology department(s), because there's about as bad a
female-to-male ratio as there is in CS/Engineering, only reversed. Or
so I'm told.
An Thi-Nguyen Le
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