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> We should, as stewards of the free software movement stand for
> advancing software freedom and open access to information. This joke
> accomplishes neither and is, instead, actively harmful toward those
I don't believe women will tend to take offense at this joke. I don't
believe this joke will offend anyone, except for those who approach it
with a predisposition to take offense, and that predisposition is not
the jokes fault.
However, there is something in GNU libc development that is likely to
drive women away: a climate of verbal aggression.
Women are as capable of appreciating humor as men. However, I've read
plenty of articles where women talk about receiving verbal aggression
from a mob of men. I am sure many women will stay away from a place
where such a mob is to be seen. Today the mob's target is me;
tomorrow, it could be anyone.
It is supremely ironic that people are criticizing me for --
supposedly -- offending people with an impersonal joke, while pouring
out gross personal insults and attacks.
I ask the GNU libc maintainers to throw water on these flames. Let's
make libc development a safe space, a space where verbal aggression is
not deployed against those that many disagree with.
Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)
Skype: No way! See https://stallman.org/skype.html.