On Sat, Aug 07, 2004 at 10:41:33AM +1000, Matthew Palmer wrote:
What is left unexamined in all these discussions is why Debian (as a project) should be doing anything to tackle inequalities?Because there's a whole pile of potential contributors out there that we're almost certainly driving away.
The burden of evidence is on you. I'd like to see your proofs.
We (or at least I) am not looking at gender issues in Debian from theconsumer's point of view.
Why not? Debian is for the benefit of the users, not for your personal political agenda.
As to the barriers to involvement in Debian by women, it's pretty obvious that our gender participation ratio is decidedly different to that of the IT industry in general, let alone the general population. I believe (although I'd find it harder to back up with real numbers) that our female / male participation ratio is also lower than participation in the wider OSS world.
That isn't evidence of discrimination against women, only evidence that men and women have differing interests. I know that ideologically you are committed to the view that women should have penises, so I don't expect good logic based on real facts to make any dint in your attempts to remake Debian in the mould of your ideology du jour. Jonathan -- Patriarchy, Polygamy, Slavery <=> Fatherhood, Husbandry, Mastery Puritan: Purity of faith, Purity of doctrine. Sola Scriptura! Eukleia: Jonathan Walther Address: 12706 99 Ave, Surrey, BC V3V2P8 (Canada) Contact: 604-582-9308 (between 8am and 9pm, PST) Website: http://reactor-core.org
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