Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Various Thinky Or Funny Links
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2014 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
He did not freak out or get defensive or start attacking my character or explain that he has daughters and therefore can't "be sexist". We didn't end up derailing off into Hell itself. Neither of us even got mad. Instead, he just thought about it, acknowledged it, and we moved on and deepened the conversation a few notches. We got more analytical and communicated better. It is what I expect from fellow geeks. They should just go "Fascinating. Sexism is highly illogical. Therefore I will not engage in it" and move on to talk about interstellar amoeba.
(Related: Joseph Reagle's "The Obligation to Know: From FAQ to Feminism 101", in that it's about reframing better allyship as a way to follow geek norms.)
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