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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free as in Freedom Network Services [was: Tack

From: Ted Smith
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free as in Freedom Network Services [was: Tackling Network Effect]
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:00:20 -0400

On Tue, 2012-06-19 at 09:43 -0600, Patrick Anderson wrote:
> Grandma

This language is both ageist and sexist.

To quote Daniel Kahn Gilmore from the freedombox list (ironically):

> Can we please stop using "grandma" as the canonical non-technical user?
>  The gender and age prejudice implicit in these statements only hurts
> efforts to build a diverse development community (and makes the
> community look like thoughtless jerks).
> If you don't personally know any technically competent older women (or
> younger women, who may one day become "grandma"s themselves, without
> losing any of their technical chops), i recommend getting to know more
> people out of your own age/gender bracket (i'm assuming from the name in
> your e-mail that you identify as male).
> Technically competent older women (some of whom are indeed grandmothers)
> are not unicorns, but I wouldn't blame any of them for not wanting to
> collaborate with a project that sees them only as "grandma".

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