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Re: Questions and comments regarding Debian Women

On 22 April 2011 08:25, Anne Ghisla <a.ghisla@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-04-21 at 19:55 -0500, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
>> On 21 April 2011 19:48, Erinn Clark <erinn@debian.org> wrote:
>> > You can help by stepping aside.
>> Alright, I wanted to help somehow, thanks for pointing out the best way.
> Hi all,
> my 2 cents: I understand Erinn's point of view, and also think that more
> men in DW who work on technical aspects are not exactly what DW want to
> achieve. However I also think that it's not nice to plain tell "Step
> aside, because you're a man".
> Jordi, why don't you find a girl among your Debian friends, who can
> apply for this task - so that you will still actively help DW?
> I think that this will also help realising how many women are present in
> your peer programmers' group, and talk about what could be the reasons,
> and what we can do to improve the situation.
> What do you all think about this?

I'm all for people promoting DW.to their female friends.

As for Erinn's reply, I agree with her and I appreciate the directness
of her reply.
It might not appear nice, but 'stompy boots feminism' may not be all
nice all the time ;)

In the wider STEM community, I am sure there are many highly capable
women who can
relate tales of men stepping in to do the 'chivalrous thing' and take
over a even so slightly
technical problem,only for the poor woman to suffer them completely
borking it, or
misunderstanding the aim of the project or being so pleased they have
got something
working that was in fact already working.

Let's say chivalry has its place - on both sides of the gender equation !
Kind Regards

Lesley Binks

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