I have to say I’ve been really happy to see more and more statements with similar expressions that Nixie in her video Riki Leslie and others have expressed over the last few days. they are not Geek Feminists! Honestly in the past I’ve had to walk away from such groups of women/men where I didn’t feel welcomed as I didn’t agree with their statements. I’m sorry I just don’t.
Honestly, I do consider myself a Geek, I’ve studied computers at college, worked in tech jobs most of my life, yes I’m not a developer or a sys admin, but that doesn’t make me less geeky to all those people who look down their noses. I surround myself by Geeky toys, events and people and love every bit of it. I love to go to Geeky events and have happily travelled this way attending events, speaking at then, and organising them. Yes I fully admit to not always knowing what is being discussed but then again, neither does everyone! I’ll always put myself out there and try and to learn what’s going on and what’s new. I love new technology!
I truly am sorry to hear about women who have experience shite at events from men and now women on top of it all, it’s inexcusable it really is but I also don’t want to spend the next event discussing and rehashing the experience over and over and over….It’s not what I came for. I’ve been rather fortunate really I’ve never experienced any of the shite Nixie or others have blogged about at events and it’s frustrating this kinda thing is still happening in 2012. I would like to find said bloke and sit him down and explain to him how much of a pig he really and also how it can effect the attendance of a conference.
I’ve been going to FOSDEM for the last 5 years and never once experience any issue, hassle, or quiet frankly any comment from anyone. To me this is a normal experience. There have been at times the odd numptalot who’s put a idiotic image on a slide, has been chastised in their talk and it’s been removed, it’s just not tolerated, and again to me this is a good example of how people deal with people who are being out of line in a conference. Zero tolerance.
Again, anyone who knows me, knows I speak my mind, and knows exactly where I stand on this topic, but I’ve never blogged about it before as I know to disagree with people it’s seen as undermining the issue. It’s not really, I just don’t want to get drawn into the debate again over and over again. I find circular conversations irritating and boring!
Seeing the others speak out and also the outrage from the open source community has put things into perspective, one needs to speak out and stand up for oneself and happy say (if they want) they are not Geek Feminists! I’ve watched Nikies video and it just made me rather sad, she really looked upset and down, and I fully admit to not watching her other videos the whole time as I find the over enthusiastic AWESOME and eagerness to be a bit too much at times, HOWEVER, she does bring people to the community, she does have a following and she does get people interested in things, so I won’t knock her! Even recently on the Ubuntu-UK mailing list someone decided to take a pot shot about the way she dresses, I replied as honestly it’s no ones business how people dress, have we really nothing better to be doing!
To Nixi, Riki and all the others, come to FOSDEM, please! Please don’t think all geek events are the same and hopefully you will have a better experience there!