[UbuntuWomen] Some will never learn...

Melissa Draper melissa at meldraweb.com
Tue Mar 27 12:10:45 UTC 2007

Elizabeth Bevilacqua wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 01:17:57PM +0200, Myriam Schweingruber wrote:
>> I will certainly not keep my mouth shut and take action, contrary to some of 
>> you I don't think this should simply be ignored, because it will continue and 
>> this has to stop one day. I want to be able to do my work without such crap, 
>> so ignoring it is not the solution.
> I absolutely agree.
> While I don't believe it should be our job to police and report these
> people all the time (sometimes we just want to spend our time
> contributing to the project!). I do think it's important that rather
> than hitting that delete key in email or putting someone on ignore in
> IRC every time that we do stop and say something about it sometimes.
> The terrible thing about our ignoring it all is while we're toughening
> our skin and ignoring these people, another woman walked away from
> Ubuntu and nixternal and Matt Good haven't a clue why.
> I really like that Myriam posted here. While I don't want to see this
> list turn into a forum for complaints, I would like to see more women
> step forward and tell us on the list when things like this happen. In
> one way it validates our presence here for those who are still
> unconvinced, and in another way we can let off steam to people who
> onderstand.

Precisely. Take the recent harassment of the Kathy Sierra for example,
and the general reaction that occurred in #ubuntu-offtopic when my blog
post about such things was announced by the bot, via planet. It's not a
good thing.

This crap has been happening for years, and often those on the receiving
end are dismissed as though they're making it up, or told off for paying
attention to it. Some of what happens *is* quite serious, and when it
comes to repeated harrassment via multiple means, or death threats, it's
hard to not notice it.

> Lyz/pleia2

Melissa Draper


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