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Re: Just a single Question for the Candidates

On Fri, 5 Mar 2004 19:58:03 +0000, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> said: 

> On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 01:16:43PM -0500, David Nusinow wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 03:35:03PM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
>> > On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 08:21:08AM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> > > 	You have an alternate theory explaining the low incidence of
>> > >  women in male dominated activities like Debian, free software coding,
>> > >  coding in general, and CS overall?
>> >
>> > Sunspots. It's at least as convincing.
>> Way to completely ignore the problem, as well as testimonials by
>> those involved. What a productive attitude.

> The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".

	Yes, very clever. And also very silly. When collated in large
 numbers, anecdotes _do_ become data -- ask any psychologist or
 sociologist.  And there have indeed been documented studies of the
 barriers women face breaking into male dominated institutions and
 workplaces -- and debian certainly qualifies as the former.

	I acknowledge that burying ones head in the sand is one way of
 dealing with the issue, and I really should not be preventing you
 from doing that.

	I shall not, however, try and dig a hole next to yours out in
 the sand.

optimist, n: A bagpiper with a beeper.
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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