Re: How do women become involved with free and open source software?
Christian Perrier wrote:
If this means what I think it means (but, not being a native speaker,
I may be wrong...even if I'm sure I'm not), ie a couple-style relation
with someone else, I think the question is not really appropriate in
the context. After all, who would imagine asking that very same
question to a man ?
Bruce, no personal offense intended and this certainly does not remove
the interest of your list of question...but this is just a suggestion
to remove that specific one.
I think it's a relevavnt question and could well be asked of both women
and men. Aren't there studies suggesting that, at least in some
countries (ie Australia is certainly one), women in a household tend to
do more housework than men and that therefore they have less time to
spend at their hobbies. Since FOSS is a hobby for many people, I would
assume that, on average, this sort of thing would have an impact on the
involvement of women who are living with men in any sort of shared
I guess I think this would be very different if we were talking about
something that was people's paid work, rather than an amusing hobby :)
Maybe a better question would be "do you share a household with other
people and are those people male or female?" Though I'm pretty sure
that some would find that question intrusive as well.
Note that I am trying to talk about broad trends here, which may not
even be present in some countries (though I'd bet icecreams on them
being present in quite a lot of places), and I am certainly not talking
about any particular individuals. Of course there is massive individual
variation with anything like this.
Helen (who is not in a permanent relationship and who certainly spent
more time doing housework than the man/men in her household, the last
time she was living with one/some).