Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism

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Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 8:49 pm

If I may weigh in:

I agree that there has been some overreaction on the list about this
wallpaper (notably, the first email in this particular thread, and
possibly the person who originally brought it up, who was perhaps
exaggerating slightly when he described it as "hentai paedo-porn" or
similar.) However, I do think the image is, if not offensive per se,
certainly borderline inappropriate for inclusion in a distro.

I think that including an image of a 'hot' female tacitly sends the
message that those who are viewing it are likely to be (heterosexual)
males, i.e., that this is a 'boy's space'. Non-gynophile users (that
is, those who aren't attracted to women) are, in my view, likely to
read in it, albeit subtly, the message that they're not as welcome
here as they might be. This is, if you ask me, the last thing we need.
And although there is a rationale and justifying context to the image
(the noted connections to open source licensing etc.), this isn't
clear to those viewing the image, and hence doesn't really mitigate
the possible exclusionary effect.

In more general terms: a glance at
http://terriblelinuxwallpaper.tumblr.com/ (not necessarily safe for
work) is, in my view, fairly instructive on this issue. Check the
ratio of desktops featuring hot girls to those featuring hot guys.
Make of it what you will, but to me it suggests that linux culture
could stand to be somewhat more inclusive and egalitarian -
particularly when an image along these lines is included by default in
a distro.

My tuppence.

Cheers,
J

On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM, SxDx wrote:

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[LAU] Fuck your sexism, SxDx, (Sun Feb 10, 5:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Marije Baalman, (Mon Feb 11, 4:31 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, J. Liles, (Mon Feb 11, 5:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Marije Baalman, (Mon Feb 11, 7:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, James Mckernon, (Mon Feb 11, 6:01 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, J. Liles, (Mon Feb 11, 6:05 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Ricardus Vincente, (Mon Feb 11, 7:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Al Thompson, (Mon Feb 11, 11:42 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, david, (Tue Feb 12, 3:28 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Louigi Verona, (Tue Feb 12, 6:40 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Raffaele Morelli, (Tue Feb 12, 9:16 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, SxDx, (Tue Feb 12, 9:42 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Chris Bannister, (Wed Feb 13, 10:15 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Raffaele Morelli, (Tue Feb 12, 9:50 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Ralf Mardorf, (Tue Feb 12, 10:16 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, SxDx, (Tue Feb 12, 11:46 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Louigi Verona, (Tue Feb 12, 10:18 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Florian Paul Schmidt, (Mon Feb 11, 7:53 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Raffaele Morelli, (Mon Feb 11, 7:40 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, James Mckernon, (Sun Feb 10, 8:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Al Thompson, (Sun Feb 10, 8:21 pm)
Re: [LAU] **** your sexism, Chris Bannister, (Mon Feb 11, 7:51 am)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Louigi Verona, (Sun Feb 10, 8:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Patrick Shirkey, (Sun Feb 10, 6:43 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Al Thompson, (Sun Feb 10, 10:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] **** your sexism, Chris Bannister, (Mon Feb 11, 7:47 am)
[LAU] OT: Fuck your sexism, Ralf Mardorf, (Sun Feb 10, 6:22 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Julien Claassen, (Sun Feb 10, 6:08 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Dave Phillips, (Sun Feb 10, 6:15 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Alexandre Prokoudine, (Sun Feb 10, 6:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Bill Gribble, (Sun Feb 10, 6:25 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Louis Gorenfeld, (Sun Feb 10, 6:33 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Alf Haakon Lund, (Sun Feb 10, 6:54 pm)
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Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Alexandre Prokoudine, (Sun Feb 10, 6:41 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Dan MacDonald, (Sun Feb 10, 6:36 pm)
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Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Nils Gey, (Sun Feb 10, 6:46 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Ricardus Vincente, (Sun Feb 10, 7:25 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Al Thompson, (Sun Feb 10, 10:20 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Ricardus Vincente, (Sun Feb 10, 10:37 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, David Baron, (Sun Feb 10, 6:13 pm)
Re: [LAU] Fuck your sexism, Louis Gorenfeld, (Sun Feb 10, 6:01 pm)