I'm not saying that there are many people who are jerks to women (and jerks in general) in the community, but this example is just not really a good one, nor is this post really insightful. There are plenty posts like that.
Otherwise some of the advice was really good for most kinds of confrontations.
However, even though reading this stuff made me think the blogger is probably right - it's a little off-putting that he doesn't seem to think his speech code should apply to him: https://mobile.twitter.com/eassumption/status/24663647380006...
Makes you question the whole credibility of the radical feminist ethic, if they can't even follow their own rules. Or as I like to think of it after seeing that tweet, the "radical feminist reality distortion field".
Here ya go: "In gender studies, cisgender and cissexual gender identities are two related types of gender identity where an individual's self-perception and presentation of their gender matches the behaviors and roles considered appropriate for one's sex." "Antonyms: transgender, transsexual."
There's something satisfying about the fact that, despite four years of Latin and possession of all the other tools I needed to get there on my own, the field of Gender Studies caught me off my game with a word that means "normal".
"Normal" is a perfectly good word. I don't advocate the being of it, but I'm not afraid to say it...
And somehow I'm sure this makes me an awful person.
The fact that a majority of people is in a certain way does not make those that aren't that way abnormal. Just different in that particular aspect. Would you use normal as synonymous for heterosexual? That would have been totally acceptable 30-40 years ago, but not today.
You could go as far as calling the women in tech abnormal, as the overwhelming majority is male ('We have 3 women and 30 normal programmers in our company').
Not that there's anything wrong with not being normal, but this person seems to be rather obsessed with gender issues and sexism.
Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't, sometimes there's no such thing.
In fairness, if you spend a lot of time thinking about these sorts of things, you do need a specific word for "normal in exactly the way I mean", and "non-transsexual" is a piece of work.
I was just having fun, and I know that's not really allowed.
I was just taking pleasure in the long definition couched in the opposite framing. I really do love language, and I think everyone should have their own.
Insecure much? Why is this nonsense on HN.
You seem to be being purposefully obtus to me. If it weren't a sexist joke people wouldn't have laughed at it.
Everyone who's ever written code knows that the compiler doesn't care about your intent; extend that to your interactions with other people, and you might find yourself behaving more fairly.