“Women’s bodies: Just like open-source software!”

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A friend sent me links to posts describing sci-fi/tech conferences in which a group of men went around asking the women in attendance whether they could touch their breasts. Yes I am aware of how strange that sounds. Rather than try to fully explain the situtaion myself, at least as I understand it based on a group of blog posts, let me send you to Ann at Feministing, who wrote a lengthy post on the subject with the above title.

I suspect the folks who felt uncomfortable about this will be less likely to attend that or like conferences in the future, and some clueless person will notice an acute gender imballance and wonder why there aren’t more women there.

–Ann Bartow

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