As a women in tech I am more worried that, if we don't use with other people the same open-mindedness and fair play we ask for, we'll end up being dreaded or hated more than (maybe begrudgingly) accepted. I see nothing wrong in firing someone who promotes discrimination but hey, this was just a guy being a troll. One could as well have used magnanimity in dealing with it. Just my 2 cents.
If there was even a slight link to the workplace I could completely understand.
This person didn't do anything illegal, at worst he was rude and foul mouthed but because there is an issue in tech, unrelated to him accept that he is seen as the embodiment of the oppressor, he has lost his job and possibly his career. Potentially a family has lost an income that might never be regained.
Someone being fired should be a huge and painful decision for a company not one taken willy nilly over the weekend because someone got offended over something on the internet.
I think this sort of thing does a dis-service to the 'women in tech' movement at large because it is effectively an abuse of the power they are given by the sentiment that there is in fact a problem with inequality and attitudes in the workplace.
0. thing I don't like.
1. have a vitriolic outburst at that thing.
2. someone replies in defense with their own vitriolic outburst.
3. If you're fortunate enough the person used a forbidden word in their outburst, dogpile their employer and get them fired.
4. retweet everyone who is outraged at what you've done so that everyone on your follow list can shame and attack them in response.
don't take the bait.
edit: more name calling that she would certainly condemn: https://twitter.com/ryan/status/474791621100199936
"Yes, I have slut-shamed, body-policed, name-called, bad-joked, appropriated, derailed, co-opted, silenced, objectified, stereotyped, trivialized, slurred, punished, isolated, insulted, benefited, and stayed silent with the worst of them. A highlight reel of my life profiting uncritically and even participating in the systems of misogyny, classism, racism, cis-normativity and homophobia that oppress my friends, my family, my fellow humans would not endear anyone to me, least of all myself.
It fees horrible to talk about. But I am because we all must realize how complete, how intersecting, how deeply fucked up the system is, and the role we play in it."
Instead of simply punishing, maybe some type of rehabilitation as a first step would be more appropriate (some type of therapy or sensitivity training)?
To people out there. If you are going to talk about somewhat controversial topics, the ``my opinions are my own'' you put on your twitter probably isn't enough protection.
What I find hilarious is her ranting and raving constantly about "tone policing", then turning around and doing the ultimate tone policing (god, what a dipshit phrase) by getting a guy fired for saying something she doesn't like.
She is a cunt, he stated a simple, objective, provable fact.
That really is the gist of it.