It does sometimes seem that *some* folks think the free & open source community is a fun frat party where it’s cool to joke about ejaculation and picking up ‘girls.’ Not just at the pub with your friends – at a professional conference, as part of a keynote no less (video.)
If women^Wgirls can’t deal with that, they can crawl into the little feminist dens they came from and scheme up other ways to get offended by the world, right? This is OUR community, dammit, and if you can’t get comfortable with the way it is, well, nobody asked you to join, stop killing our buzz!
Well, I propose we transform the free & open source community from being like a frat party to more like a day at the beauty spa with the girls. I would like to share with you some of the little jokes I’ve prepared for my debut as a FOSS conference keynote speaker, in support of my vision for the FOSS community:
- “Proprietary software really hurts you, just like when your bra straps dig into your shoulders.”
- “Memory management in that application has more leaks than tampax tampons!”
- “We’re going to fix printing in Linux so even your Dad, Grandpa, and Uncle Joe can use it!”
Seems a little off, right? Cringing about the tampon joke, yes?
Now you know how we feel.
P.S. I am not offended by the comments I am parodying. Please re-read the above if you believe that is the case.