Monday, October 12. 2009
Over at Linux Magazine, Bruce Byfield wrote quite reasonably about the abuse he received for taking a pro-feminist line in discussing sexism in the FOSS community. Among the comments is one from somebody calling himself "MikeeUSA" which includes this choice paragraph:
Just in case you've been living under a rock, Hans Reiser is in prison for murdering Nina. What sort of idiot do you have to be to blame the victim for their own murder? This is the equivalent of blaming Nicole Brown Simpson for depriving show business of a great actor.
Read the whole thing if you want to be amazed, shocked, possibly distressed.
Now what does this have to do with Postgres? Nothing much, except that Postgres is a FOSS project, and I for one am acutely aware of the imbalance of genders in our community, and wish it were otherwise. Count me among the Bruce Byfields and not among the MikeeUSAs.
As far as I am concerned, people like MikeeUSA need to crawl under a rock and stay there. If I found such a person in our community, I'd be inclined to make their life so uncomfortable that they left. We don't need bigots and sexists, and we do need far more women. And we need more people to say so.
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Andrew, I am not sure how harassing someone who has a belief you don't agree with is defensible.<br />
I'm not going to harrass someone for their beliefs. (In another life, I made myself extremely unpopular with certain strands of progressive thought by opposing, on free speech grounds, laws that criminalised expressions of racist opinion, notwithstanding that those opinions were highly offensive to me, so I have some credibility on that score.)<br />
BTW, I don't think we do have such a person in our community, or if we do he keeps himself well hidden, so the debate is a bit academic.<br />
Hi Andrew, <br />
I don't think we're suffering too terribly badly from anything remotely analogous to the above, which is a happy thing.<br />
"We don't need bigots and sexists, and we do need far more women. And we need more people to say so."<br />
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