Re: debian and women? from DWN #10
On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 12:56:27PM -0700, Monique Y. Herman wrote:
> On 2004-03-25, Number Six penned:
> > On Thu, Mar 25, 2004 at 01:30:15PM +0000, timg wrote:
> >> find that I do have a certain amount of trepidation when posting
> >> technical difficulties. I dont know why tho. probably looking an ass
> >> in public when you discover the answer was right under your nose (and
> >> fifty people point it out) is the main concern. I
> > I like that aspect of a technical community -- it encourages
> > rigorousness, which helps me primarily -- I know I'd better ask a
> > useful question. The stereotype is that this is a male characteristic
> > and females are nurturing, but it is a useful characteristic
> > nonetheless.
> I didn't know that rigor was a stereotypically male characteristic, or
> that its opposite is the ability to nurture ...
> Oh, wait. Did you mean that the tendency to point out mistakes in a
> not-necessarily-delicate manner was a "masculine" characteristic? That
> parses out a little better.
Yes, I certainly was *not* thinking that "only men are rigorous". I
meant the second thing. What I was clumsily trying to say is that the
stereotype is silly, but I like an environment you have to be afraid to
ask questions, because it makes me work harder. I like things to be
hard. Gender isn't even an issue or a nonissue about why I feel that:
it's totally orthogonal.