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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.

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