Conferences are a crucial ritual for our community; they allow us to come together, solve problems, and get to know each other in a way which is not possible through electronic communications. But some people have less fun at community conferences than others; women, in particular, are often treated badly there. In this article, Valerie Aurora discusses the problem with several prominent community members and introduces a new proposed generic anti-harassment policy for open source conferences. Click below (subscribers only) for the full text.
For the Technical People This post isn't really about technology, I'll cover the technology briefly skip to the next section if you aren't interested in Linux programming or syste
Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her. She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate, the self-styled reform movement that's become difficult to ignore over the past several months as its beliefs have ramified out from the fever swamps of the internet into the real world. She probably won't be the last.
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Kathy Schiffer, who writes at Seasons of Grace, published a post today about one feminist's list of things she'd like to see Pope Francis do. Kathy does a fine job of critiquing this To Do List -- which was written by Angela Bonavoglia -- from the viewpoint of a faithful Catholic. Predictably, there was not one thing