[hackerspaces] Safe Space Policies?

matt matt at nycresistor.com
Sun Jan 26 15:52:39 CET 2014

This whole thread is a pointless waste of time.


On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM, Walter van Holst <walter at revspace.nl>wrote:

> On 26/01/2014 15:27, Glyn Kennington wrote:
> > As this usually includes calling out oppressive language, it's worth
> noting
> > that the term "sausagefest", while a snappy way of summarising the
> problem, is
> > cissexist.
> Look! I sport a penis! And I feel oppressed by this!
> Basically, it is this sort of political correct wankery that contributes
> to it being next to impossible to have a meaningful conversation about
> the hacker scene being horribly homogeneous. It simply is nowhere near
> to equate calling a bunch of white males who have never felt anywhere
> close to a single doubt of their right to be in a hackerspace (or in the
> wider world for that matter) a "sausagefest" to calling a woman in that
> space who has in all probability had encountered all sorts of social
> discouragement to be interested in technology, and by extension may feel
> way less being in that space a birthright,  a "chick". The latter is
> misogynous and sexist, the former is merely a factual observation of a
> somewhat informal sort.
> They simply are not equal. Moreover, while cissexism is a great scrabble
> word, it is not applicable in this situation. The proper term would have
> been "misandrous" or "misandry". Which is great to troll people with,
> but is not likely to be applicable in earnest for this situation anytime
> soon.
> Regards,
>  Walter
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