Wednesday, February 27, 2013
They want it just the way it is
I knew sexism existed in the tech world, and I knew certain projects had more sexism than others (Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla seem to be very woman-friendly). What I didn't know until the other day, and now since I've done some reading on the subject, is just how pervasive and *required* it is in many open source projects!
And it's not a "benign" sexism, a placid one. It's an active, vitriolic and acidic sexism. It's tolerated by others who probably don't think they're being sexist (but really are) and any efforts to change the culture will fail not because any of the "men" in those projects can't see that there's a problem - it's because they like it that way! They want a sexist environment.