I love my job. I love who I work with and possessing a high-level of respect and joy in the industry.
Unfortunately, the community is riff with privileged people who act in the most antagonistic way when their privilege is called out. The self-loathing women who pursue with passion to be “the one that gets” as they remark with great disdain how feminists are at fault for not taking responsibility for their own assaults with the support of only white men who continue to say without any self-awareness that “they fear for their jobs” if they speak up for men’s rights.
This happened: a woman was assaulted. She blogged about it because the man who did was an invited speaker to a conference. The people who witnessed and even stepped in knowing that it was wrong believe he should be forgiven and allowed to speak at conferences.
Her supporters are being attacked throughout Twitter for “ruining the man’s life”.
Just like the Adria Richards’ incident, the response is dramatically out of proportion. The fact there are so many people who believe that a violent criminal’s rights precede the safety of the community is disturbing.
In a couple of months, I’ll be going to an event to encourage more young women to take on STEM careers. Sadly, I feel like we should include self-defense training and complimentary bottles of pepper spray, because until we can really do something about it, rape-culture and tech-culture is synonymous.
If you want to learn more, click on that link and read the accounts at the bottom. If you have tech skills, go ahead and add your name to the list.
If you have Twitter, the co-signers of the petition are all being attacked by MRAs and in very violent and antagonistic threats.
The last comment on Justine’s post? Joe (her assaulter) for president!
There’s a myth that when someone says something racist or sexist that it’s offensive; it’s not. Those words are just violent and aggressive so it hurts—deeply. People who choose to aggressively attack attempts to right and remove pain from the world, by that choice are violent and self-centered. Empathy is something I would prefer they had, and wish existed in abundance.
The importance of safety for women within the tech community is pressing. So much of our ability to communicate what happens like rape, violence, oppression, discrimination, systematic problems like racism or homophobia; so much of the success of those stories being shared is dependent on the tech community.
When are stories are erased and silenced, it’s because there are privileged white, hetero, men behind these technologies. Working to make the tech community safer for women is making it possible for us to continue our work to be a better community for women and men.
I’ll be adding my name to the pledge and why I’m no Ruby, Python, or deep developer, what goes on in the tech community affects me deeply as a digital designer.