[UbuntuWomen] Just an idea

Liz Henry liz at bookmaniac.net
Sat Jan 12 19:52:57 UTC 2008

Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> I'm not sure if this has already been thought of but what about a 
> starting project encouraging guys to get the females in their life 
> (girlfriends, mothers, etc) to use Ubuntu. I'm not sure what you could 
> call this project but i'm sure you could think of a creative name.
> Also, the name "Ubuntu-Women" makes the group sound exclusive to 
> women. I think it should be just as open to guys who want to help out 
> in getting women to get involved with or use ubuntu. Two idea for this 
> one: "Ubuntu-fe" which is short for Ubuntu Females but doesn't quite 
> sound like this is a group for women only. You could even use the 
> symbol for female with the ubuntu logo as the top part for your team 
> logo. I also think that "Ubuntu-fe" sounds sort of cool :) There's 
> also the option of a name that instead of focusing on women, focuses 
> on just the idea of ubuntu not being gender specific. A name like 
> "ubuntu-sex" is sure to get some attention ;) I realize a name change 
> is a big decision but if it will help the goals of the team than i 
> think it's worth some serious consideration.
> Thanks!
> .Danny 

1) The name seems pretty well established already.

2) Feel free to start your own group called Ubuntu-sex, under a female 
identity, and see what happens to your inbox. 8-)

3) Putting "Women" in the title makes the group easy to find.  For 
example, if I were searching for other women using Ubuntu, I'd be more 
likely to come across the group Ubuntu Women and understand what it was, 
than I would a group whose point and purpose was masked with a name like 
"Ubuntu-Fe".  The point of masking the woman-centric nature of the 
group, and of making "women" invisible, is, as you state, to make men 
feel more comfortable.  Making men more comfortable with feminism, by 
disappearing the very word "woman", is in my opinion, not the point.


- Liz Henry
liz at bookmaniac.net

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