[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Debian, lists and discrimination

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 the
consumer'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.


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

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: Digital signature

Reply to: