[Linux-aus] The Ada Initiative - Should Linux Aus etc
jonjermey at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 10:21:01 EST 2011
But -- with all respect -- do they have evidence that it is a problem?
Or are they merely saying it?
I moderate a discussion group for Golden Age detective fiction. The
male:female ratio, as far as I can establish it, is about 80:20. I would
love to believe there are hundreds of women on the Internet who are
aching for a chance to discuss John Dickson Carr in a caring supportive
environment, but there just isn't any reason to think so. As far as I
can tell all the women who want to be there are there, and all the women
who aren't there don't particularly want to be. The same is true of many
atheist discussion groups, some of which are currently going through the
same soul-searching process as this group. And you can substitute
'non-English-speakers' or 'younger people' for 'women' and still say
exactly the same thing.
That's why I am asking: is there evidence? If there is, great, put it in
front of the decision-making groups and let them evaluate it and make
the appropriate choice. If there is not evidence, and someone wants to
look for it, then let's fund them to look, provided they have the
qualifications to do so. But so far I haven't heard anything to suggest
that anyone is inconvenienced by the current situation -- other than
those who want to assume that gender equivalence in every population is
somehow self-evident, and that any imbalance requires us to find a
Your link takes me to an abstract of a book, but there are no
conclusions shown. What does the book conclude?
On 23/02/11 16:18, elliott-brennan wrote:
> To those who ask who thinks this is a problem: The
> women who have been writing in this thread have
> been saying "this is a problem". The issue itself
> is an area of research:
> A big 'Up' to James:
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