[hackerspaces] Hackers, feminism, and bullying

Tim Saylor tim.saylor at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 18:32:46 CET 2013

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 5:45 AM, Bill French <william.french at gmail.com>wrote:

> please, just tell me what to do, so we can fix this!

Women, like men, are people.  When a person has a problem that they can't
handle on their own, they first want to share that with other people, be
listened to, understood, and have their problem validated.  It doesn't
matter if the problem is "Why is Joe's shit left out all over the tables?"
or "Why is Joe stalking me on OkCupid?".  That's the first step.  Listen to
the problem, confirm that you understand what it is, and don't fob it off
as a non-problem just because it's not a problem for you or even for the
majority of your community.  Then, work with them to find an equitable

Problems are inevitable, but this attitude toward handling problems will
eventually build a fair and welcoming space.

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