[hackerspaces] Improve hackerspace diversity - Donate to Ada Initiative

Bacon Zombie baconzombie at gmail.com
Wed Sep 24 21:51:11 CEST 2014

Walter please link me to where on the BSide site is says BSides are
Security Con's?
On Sep 24, 2014 7:49 PM, "Walter van Holst" <walter at revspace.nl> wrote:

> On 23/09/2014 23:13, Kristin-Leigh Brezinski wrote:
> > Re: Violet Blue, I think the whole thing got blown out of proportion,
> > but really, who thought a talk titled "sex +/- drugs: *known vulns and
> > exploits*" wouldn't raise red flags to a lot of women(/people in
> > general)? Anyone who considers themselves enough of a wordsmith to play
> > on puns like that should be open to criticism of the double-meanings in
> > the terms they're invoking.
> That is way too contextually dependent. Both the event and the speaker
> involved are relevant. BSides SF is/was a security event and using the
> idiom of IT-security is not a priori wildly inappropriate in that
> context. Violet Blue has a long track record of writing and lecturing on
> sexual topics to the point that she's larger than life on that subject
> matter.
> Had it been some pick-up artist it would have been  obviously wrong and
> creepy. Had it been at an event geared to recovering rape victims, it
> would have been an obviously wildly inappropriate title. This was not
> the case.
> Also, being open to criticism doesn't mean you have to take an event
> organisation being harassed into canceling your talk lying down either.
> And now for something controversial: you cannot take any potential
> trauma by any potential visitor into account when you want to do
> anything remotely interesting, especially on a topic such a sex. I
> prefer to think of women as intelligent fellow human beings that are
> capable of reading beyond the title of a presentation by a well-known
> speaker and to take subsequent informed decisions to attend that
> particular presentation or not in case they feel that it may trigger
> some trauma they sadly have experienced in the past.
> Long story short: the Ada Initiative can go jump in a lake as far as I
> am concerned and I'd much rather donate money to the Gnome Women's
> outreach.
> Regards,
>  Walter
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