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1Rozax
Mar 20, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Boston API Jam Publishes Eventbrite with Sexist Language, Enrages Community, Sponsors Quick to Pull Out by Gregory Gomer
Squoot was quick to edit, a bit slow to apologize, but twitter has taken hold of this and continues to shake it like a rag doll. I hope they've actually learned their lesson, rather than just making a mental note to not write these things in the future.

2sweetiegherkin
Mar 21, 2012, 6:30pm Top

At first I read that as asking women if they needed another beer and telling them that there would be female staffers to help them, which seemed a bit odd, but hey whatever. Then I realized the target audience.....

3Jesse_wiedinmyer
Mar 22, 2012, 3:01am Top

Ditto.

4Rozax
Mar 24, 2012, 12:16pm Top

I can see that way of reading it.

5avaland
Mar 25, 2012, 8:21am Top

Lots of spelling errors too. Just sayin' This is a hacker convention?

6dukedom_enough
Mar 25, 2012, 8:26am Top

The words they absolutely must spell correctly are easy: if, then, do, while, until, end, a few others. :-)

7knownever
Edited: Mar 27, 2012, 9:37am Top

Since when nerds are giant bros? Also, since when do bros like cupcakes?

8Rozax
Mar 27, 2012, 2:25pm Top

Here's an article that “explains” this trend:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-01/the-rise-of-the-brogrammer

My favorite part: “We got invited to a party in Malibu where there were naked women in the hot tub,” says Stern-Sapad, 25. “We’re the cool programmers.”

So, basically, they're objectifying assholes. Grammar and spelling aren't necessary attributes.

9dukedom_enough
Mar 27, 2012, 4:30pm Top

>8 Rozax:

"...objectifying assholes..." Their comp sci professors taught them about the importance of object orientation, but the lesson didn't quite get absorbed.

10knownever
Mar 27, 2012, 10:43pm Top

Ahh, I'd missed the memo that they'd been invited to the Guyland party.

11Rozax
Mar 27, 2012, 10:59pm Top

9: Very nice! XD

12sweetiegherkin
Jun 6, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Apparently the tech community hasn't learned its lesson yet: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/asus-rear-tweet_n_1567696.html

13Rozax
Jun 7, 2012, 5:13am Top

It's also worth noting the storm on Anita Sarkeesian's youtube channel for pointing out that women are marginalized in videogames. Sure, some people are just complaining that she's asking for donations, but she's always asking for donations because this is her life's work, and we give it because we appreciate what she's doing. We also trust her to do something with it because we've seen the influence she's had in the academic realm, not to mention the quality of her videos. Then you've got people blowing hot air on her channel and just being trolls.

I'll be sharing that ASUS article.

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