[Haifux] Reminder: Pizzas and Sodas on Thursday (tomorrow)

Yossi Gil yossi.gil at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 16:18:24 MSK 2009


Thanks for raising this issue. Indeed, we would like to see more women
active in CS and in the Linux community and gender based jokes never
contribute to this.
Take note however that the article you reference includes  stereotypical
references to women (e.g., women are more sensitive to criticism, and even
Maintaining a gender neutral attitude is best.


On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM, Orna Agmon Ben-Yehuda
<ladypine at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear Dotan,
> On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 9:52 PM, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/2/18 Yossi Gil <yossi.gil at gmail.com>:
>> > See you all there...
>> >
>> > SSDL, 2nd floor, Taub Building.
>> >
>> Pizza, soda, but what about _girls_?
> It is exactly this approach, of listing girls together with other "things
> which draw people to come", which makes a woman feel she cannot be "one of
> the guys" first, or "one of the professionals", but rather a sexual object
> first. This approach stems from the implicit assumption that people are
> male[*].
> See sections 3.7 and 3.9 of the Encourage Women in Linux Howto:
> http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Encourage-Women-Linux-HOWTO/x168.html
> Most of the recommendations  there is good for newbies, no matter what
> gender, but some sections, especially these two, refer precisely to your
> approach.
> Orna.
> [*] A Person Paper on Purity in Language *William Satire (alias Douglas R.
> Hofstadter)  *http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/cs655/readings/purity.html<http://www.cs.virginia.edu/%7Eevans/cs655/readings/purity.html>
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