perlmonger: (revolting)
If you haven’t already done so, please sign the petition asking the UKFO to “put all possible pressure on the Afghan government to prevent the execution of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh”. I’m dubious that this will have any influence on HMG, let alone the Afghan government, but that’s no reason not to try.

If you don’t know what I’m wittering about, read this.

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perlmonger: (pete)
Yesterday was the first time I’ve been in the children’s clothing section of a conventional retail store (Norwich M&S FWIW) for mumble years. It was a profoundly depressing experience: have we learned nothing as a society? The rigidity of gender stereotyping actually seems to be worse than I remember.

OK, not everything in society is worse. Overall, acceptance of non-heteronormative sexuality seems more widespread (though ghod knows not widespread enough) but, still, the retrenchment of patriarchy proceeds apace. I can hope that it’s a rearguard action - reactionary in the literal sense - but I fear otherwise. That feminism is dismissed, rejected, mocked when its insights are so obviously needed isn’t a good sign.

Oh, and if you’ve got this far, go read Piers Cawley on the continuing and far too rarely challenged sexism in geekdom.
perlmonger: (pete)
[ anybody who’s come to this post late might want to read my next entry as well ]

Looks like it’s the time for it: having recently participated in a discussion on racism, privilege and entitlement chez [livejournal.com profile] perigee, and one on sexism in the programming community flocked elsewhere, a friend pointed me at the website of an upcoming ColdFusion Dev Conference.

I was sufficiently angered by the implications (on all sorts of levels) of a “FREE CFDeveloper party with entertainment in the form of a private bar, music provided by a Live DJ and Tequila slammer girls” (who I might want to “chat up” up after they gave me “free tequila shots”) that I mailed the organisers:

a brief email exchange follows )

ETA1: remove the flockedness - on consideration, there’s nowt there I don’t want public.
ETA2: here’s [livejournal.com profile] ramtops‘ post on the same subject (and yes, she did mail him first :)
ETA3: [livejournal.com profile] pdcawley adds his comments on his blog.

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