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(All of this via Chris - thanks!)

CONTENT NOTES: misogyny of all the kinds, rape culture.

First up, Adria Richards of But You're A Girl posts the eminently reasonable Forking and Dongle Jokes Don't Belong At Tech Conferences.

In summary: she was at PyCon, a technical conference on the Python programming language. Two men sitting behind her were making sexual (and sexist) jokes inappropriate for a professional setting. She tweeted photos & descriptions to the ConCom; they - to my surprise, and their credit - thanked her for bringing inappropriate comments to their attention and took immediate action.

Both gentlemen had a discussion with the ConCom, (eventually, reportedly) agreeing that their behaviour had been inappropriate - and one was eventually fired by his employer.

Sensible enough, I'd have thought, for behaviour bringing his company into disrepute in a professional setting.

Unfortunately, goes the story, 4chan disagreed... and decided an appropriate response was to launch DDoS attacks against Richards' personal website, and against her company's website.

Her company's response?

To fire her.

I suppose at least the people who thought it was a good idea to set up and sign a Change.org petition requesting that she be let go will be happy.


[Screenshot (taken ~22h15 GMT, 21/03/2013) of SendGrid's Facebook page containing an official statement, which reads: Effective immediately, SendGrid has terminated the employment of Adria Richards. While we generally are sensitive and confidential with respect to employee matters, the situation has taken on a public nature. We have taken action that we believe is in the overall best interests of SendGrid, its employees, and our customers. As we continue to process the vast amount of information, we will post something more comprehensive.]


Comments are predictably vile - in all the wrong ways. I'm sorry: I'm not wading through all 1500 comments to pull out the high- and lowlights.

SendGrid has issued a longer statement; I disagree with their position, particularly that Richards' actions in making public inappropriate behaviour were bad for the company image. Me? Well, I'd definitely have gone out of my way to recommend them - and quite probably looked for ways to give them money - if they, like PlayHaven, had acted in ways supportive of women and minorities in tech.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Internet also contains pushback. Most notably:


Ladies, gents, and everyone else: there is a reason for the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Project and Gentlemen's Auxiliary. Actually, there are lots of reasons.

This is just one more example to add to the pile.

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Date: 2013-03-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
shadowspar: Members of the band B'z, sitting down (b'z sitting)
From: [personal profile] shadowspar
FWIW, myself and a few other contributors have assembled a page on the GeekFeminism Wiki about this incident and the fallout. =)

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Date: 2013-03-23 11:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
My basic reaction to this: Holy shit.

I have conflicted feelings about the situation. I don't entirely agree with how Adria chose to address the situation but but but the response to her has been horrendously out of proportion and fucked up. I really do not agree with tweeting anyone's picture without their permission, full stop, but frankly, the blowback that she's gotten would not fucking happen if she were a man. And I think a lot of people are not really recognizing that.

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