- This page lists writings on sexism, micro-aggressions and discrimination against women. Do add yours to this page.
Melissa Draper: An Open Letter to the Open Source Community "As a Woman and an Open Source contributor, I implore you. Do not make jokes about us, just because we are female. Do not belittle, stereotype or patronise us, based on our gender. Do not assume that we are using Open Source so that you can ask us questions of private nature, or out on a date. Most importantly, do not stand by and watch as other people do these things."
GloriaW: Let's All Evolve Past This: The Barriers Women Face in Tech Communities "Tech women usually express great enthusiasm about their work. They do what they love, and they love what they do. When a woman gets enthusiastic about her work and shares that enthusiasm with you, it has absolutely nothing to do with you, or sex. I cannot tell you how often I have seen this. Some men mix up their incoming signals, and a women’s enthusiasm at work somehow translates to someone flirting with them at a bar. I have no idea how this happens, but it’s profoundly sad to see it happen again and again."
Purple Tigress: In The War Zone: Women and Public Harassment "The roads women travel and the cyberspace seas women surf shouldn't be war zones where men are free to sexually harass and threaten women. If men do it just because we allow boys to be boys, they are doing it just because they can and just because we — both men and women — allow them to do so.]
Andrea Rubenstein: “Check my what?” On privilege and what we can do about it "It all starts with one simple self-realization: you are privileged. Chances are, your reading that has made you feel defensive. While it’s a perfectly natural, and common, reaction, don’t let it get in your way of actually thinking about what the statement means."
The Scribe: Explaining feminism to people who don't 'get it' "One of the ongoing problems I've encountered in being feminist is explaining feminism to people who don't understand. ... Over time, I've noticed that there are certain problems which crop up repeatedly. So it's worth noting what those problems are, and how I've overcome them (or failed to)."
Jono Bacon: Say NO to discrimination in our community "Our community is defined by diversity, it is a pulsating machine driven by ideas, culture and experiences that each one of us brings to the table. The vast majority of us understand this diversity, relish it and enjoy exploring each other’s thoughts and culture as we create this incredible free software platform. Then, out of nowhere, we allow a bunch of ignorant muppets to come in and undermine this diversity with their nonsensical views."
Dorothea Salo: What Some Folks Can Do, If They Choose "So here is what you do, if you’re a man wanting to help. You say, “Um, was that supposed to be funny? Because, not laughing here.” You say, “Hey, could we not use that phrase? I don’t like it.” You say to the main perpetrators, in IRC whispers or private email or whatever, “Hey, would you mind toning down the jokes? That kind of talk really bothers me.”"
Susan Herring, Kirk Job-Sluder, Rebecca Scheckler, and Sasha Barab: Searching for Safety Online: Managing "Trolling" in a Feminist Forum (Warning: VERY bad language applies in the examples given!) "When women gather online, and especially when they attempt to discuss feminism, they are not uncommonly the target of negative attention from individuals, mostly men, who feel threatened by or otherwise uncomfortable with feminism."
Michael Suileabhain-Wilson: Five Geek Social Fallacies "Social fallacies are particularly insidious because they tend to be exaggerated versions of notions that are themselves entirely reasonable and unobjectionable. It's difficult to debunk the pathological fallacy without seeming to argue against its reasonable form; therefore, once it establishes itself, a social fallacy is extremely difficult to dislodge. It's my hope that drawing attention to some of them may be a step in the right direction."
What is feminism? Quotes from different women on feminism. "What is feminism? . What do feminists want? . Does feminism matter? . Can men be feminists? . What can feminism do for me? . What can I do for feminism? . And many more."
Chris Clarke: How not to be an asshole: a guide for men "When the topic at hand is men not taking an issue seriously, suggesting that the issue might not really be all that serious is not being dispassionate. It is, in fact, taking a side. And the people on the side you’re taking, incidentally, include the gropers, the rapists, the sexual-favor-demanding bosses."
Miriam Ruiz: Women’s Rights [Links] "Miriam has collected a variety of "Women's Rights" links which she lists here (some duplicates from here, but she covers a lot more ground than we do here)"
Diversity@Python "The Diversity page on the Python wiki has some practical advice and suggestions on increasing diversity within floss communities with bold action. It also contains a number of interesting reads on terminology, language diversity and 101 resource links."