[Linux-aus] Special support for women
donna at kattekrab.net
Wed Oct 30 07:31:48 EST 2013
You're a troll. You should be removed from this mailing list.
David Newall <davidn at davidnewall.com> wrote:
>(:-P (tongue in cheek)
>Apparently we need special programmes to address an imbalance between
>the sexes; in politics, employment, management and elsewhere, this is
>widely accepted as appropriate. Linux Australia is not immune to this;
>we give opportunities and support to females. This puts an elephant in
>the corner: women gain opportunities at the expense of more capable (or
>more needy) men. This undermines their credibility; it raises
>doubts about their competence. Are they there from merit or merely to
>make up the numbers?
>Maggie Thatcher was never PM to improve numbers; she was destined to be
>leader of UK; she earned the role. Affirmative action needed no part
>her glory. She was the best candidate. Yet I think she must have
>struggled to overcome doubt. (Arguably she was better because of the
>doubt, but that's for another day.)
>I say merit is blind to sex; it shines from inner strength. I say
>special programmes damage the interests they purport to serve. How can
>someone be taken seriously if there was obligation to give a women the
>place? We do them naught but disservice by gifting favours that are
>intrinsically merited. We do naught but disservice by filling seats
>with lesser competence.
>We see ourselves as a meritocracy; for sake of honesty and
>our special programmes for women should candidly admit patronage of
>incompetence over political correctness. Let's cancel our "women in
>programmes and replace them with programmes that reward "incompetent
>women in IT," or at least to widen eligibility to include hamsters and
>fish. That way, competent women, of which we have plenty, can leave no
>doubt that they won prestige merely on shining ability.
>Chew, swallow, digest.
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