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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Apologies


From: Leah Rowe
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Apologies
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:46:27 +0100

The sad thing is that RMS is one of the champions of womens rights in
the free software world. He has said some stupid things in the past,
but he's a really nice guy and really supportive. He's always there to
answer emails and offer guidance on things. He is one of my role models.

He accepted my project (Libreboot) into the GNU project, after I came
out as transgender for instance. It didn't phase him at all. Later on I
accused him and others of stuff and the project was ejected from GNU;
but he's a really nice guy. I later regretted the stuff I said about
him (back then I was ignorant and really fucked up as a person). He came
to me *personally* (via email) a few months ago when he was working on a
new article on his blog about using gender neutral pronouns in his
talks/articles, and asked me to proofread it and offer constructive
criticism (he emailed the draft to others too).

The thing is, I think Richard is probably high-functioning autistic...
like me. He says stupid things sometimes, without taking into account
how other people will feel (because he can't. which is OK. I don't
understand other peoples emotions either).

It makes me really sad that he was brutalized by the media so much. He
didn't deserve any of the abuse he got. 

On Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:36:56 +0000 'smee via
libreplanet-discuss <address@hidden> wrote:

> That's what got me irritated. I'll have to keep in mind though that
> there may be real people who see the coordinated attack (maybe not
> seeing it for what it is) and see it as an opportunity to air their
> grievances or share their experiences. 
> 
> They do deserve to be listened to (and questioned), but I'll do better
> to consider that they're real people. I care about real people and
> real grievances. Coordinated, agenda-driven attacks, and how they
> play on real people's emotions, are despicable.
> 
> Thanks for your input.
> 
> 
> > Of course it was coordinated. You'd have to be an idiot not to
> > notice the blatant astroturfing
> > 
> 
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