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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:40 AM


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Chris93147 (8/28/2013)
Disgusted? Yes. Surprised? No.

When will the gender/race/religion/etc. issue finally be put down?

Never. We will always have prejudices and bigotry. We're human. We're frail and fallible as a species.


Only when we as a community of professionals no longer tolerate it. The individual who spoke this way does not deserve hate or violence. These two things only breed more hate and violence and quite frankly, the world has enough of both.

What is needed is correction. To have highly respectable individuals approach him and with sincerity try to get to the bottom of his belief that women are not up to technical discussions. The user group that he leads also needs to not tolerate this mentality and until proven otherwise he should be quietly removed from any leadership position.

We need to be role models for the entire community and the public at large. We are individual professionals with unique insights and experiences that can only add to the strength and knowledge of the community as a whole.


Yep, I wanted people to talk about this, and think about it. I'd love a frank discussion at all user groups about this.







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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:14 PM


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It's a great pity that we will always have bigots amongst us because humanity is not perfect; but that's how it is. I wish I had been there to hear the remark (and would probably have been pretty offensive if I had been) but I wasn't and I don't know who was involved so there's nothing I can do; except to continue to try to ensure that amongst my own circle any display of this attitude is known to be unacceptable.
I've known quite a few women who worked in technology, so that I know that it's just as easy for a women to be expert on a technical subject as it is for a man; it's also of course just as easy for a woman to be incompetent at communicating technical ideas as it is for a man. I haven't observed any difference in this respect between the sexes in my four decades plus in computing and IT.


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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:32 PM
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I am not surprised to hear this. Growing up in the South, and being in a technical field this is something that I work against every day. But once I prove that I know my stuff it goes out the window. But you have to get past the barriers that picked up by first impressions (because I am female) or from years of we just don't know our stuff.

Agreed there will always be a double standard no matter who or what you are. It comes down to what you can do and how well you can do it. Don't talk to the talk if you can't perform the job.

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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:35 PM


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Chris93147 (8/28/2013)
Disgusted? Yes. Surprised? No.

When will the gender/race/religion/etc. issue finally be put down?

Never. We will always have prejudices and bigotry. We're human. We're frail and fallible as a species.


Only when we as a community of professionals no longer tolerate it. The individual who spoke this way does not deserve hate or violence. These two things only breed more hate and violence and quite frankly, the world has enough of both.

What is needed is correction. To have highly respectable individuals approach him and with sincerity try to get to the bottom of his belief that women are not up to technical discussions. The user group that he leads also needs to not tolerate this mentality and until proven otherwise he should be quietly removed from any leadership position.

We need to be role models for the entire community and the public at large. We are individual professionals with unique insights and experiences that can only add to the strength and knowledge of the community as a whole.


Yep, I wanted people to talk about this, and think about it. I'd love a frank discussion at all user groups about this.


Well said Steve. A world with no idiots would be lovely, though maybe a little unrealistic to expect.


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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:47 PM
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To be fair, we need context. Was the female speaker technically qualified to speak or were they bringing in Jwow and Snookie? I have been to technical conferences where they have speakers who are there to talk about respecting feelings or diversity in the work place. I don't want to pay to listen to someone talk about those topics either. If I am at a tech conference, I want to talk about tech.

Now, if the speaker was qualified, this persons group should be banned from attending until they get a different leader. You should post their name for everyone to see. Call them out. We can all post here about our moral outrage, but that is no different than retweeting with the belief that we are actually saving starving kids in Africa. Unless we can take a real world action, we are just complaining.
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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:56 PM
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Hello

Maybe this person should meet my wife, head of Cardiology at her hospital. She'll have some technical content to deliver!



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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:02 PM


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Agreed, but let's make sure ALL the facts are uncovered first before calling anyone out. Otherwise, it just turns the whole situation into a witch hunt.

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I'm hoping that there's a context missing here. I can sort of empathize with not wanting a "male", "female", "white", "whatever" speaker. I want a person who knows their subject matter and can present it well. There are some women in IT who really know their stuff and do a great job presenting and teaching. There are women who don't. There are men who don't. I tend to agree with some other thoughts that it would be great to just look at someone's creds and go from there, regardless of anything else.

If this was the whole context and the UG leader just doesn't want a woman speaker, period, ... that's pretty sad.

I have a daughter. I want her to be comfortable with math, science, and tech. She may or may not pursue a career in one of those fields and I'll support her if she does. I'll also support her if she goes a different route. I will make sure that she knows that those options are available to her, though.



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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:31 PM


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TravisDBA (8/28/2013)
Agreed, but let's make sure ALL the facts are uncovered first before calling anyone out. Otherwise, it just turns the whole situation into a witch hunt.


Agree. I don't have context, nuance, or anything else to judge.

That's one reason I didn't want to get more specifics or call someone out. I wasn't there.







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Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:34 PM
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TravisDBA (8/28/2013)
Agreed, but let's make sure ALL the facts are uncovered first before calling anyone out. Otherwise, it just turns the whole situation into a witch hunt.


You know who else were women?

Witches.

Game, set, and match, Sexists.
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