[Noisebridge-discuss] The image we have to other hackerspaces and society as a whole

Romy@snowyla.com romy at snowyla.com
Sun Oct 6 03:11:22 UTC 2013


Wow that article is pretty negative. I hope it isn't as bad but maybe I'm just oblivious.... 

I've had bad sexism issues in other hackerspaces and in the tech community but I have had a generally good time at noisebridge .. I feel like the space has more feminists than most tech spaces ... It's as nice as sudoroom! 

I hope we can solve these issues but noisebridge is a lot more female friendly than a lot of other startup and tech spaces. Tech is pretty sexist sometimes but noisebridge is a place where people at least discuss feminism and sexism. I've been told countless times that there is no sexism in time ...

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> On Oct 4, 2013, at 6:24 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> http://uptownalmanac.com/2013/10/claims-sexism-and-sexual-assault-plague-noisebridge-hackerspace
> 
> With articles like this we have a massively negative image, as we should for not adequately dealing with these issues.  I know we have all these people who don't want things to change but do you want more articles like this?  Do you want noisebridge to be the laughing stock (it is now) of all the hackerspaces in the world and giving a bad name to hackerspaces.  Do you want hackerspace to become dirty like the word "hacker"?  Lets actually come up with creative and GOOD solutions to fix this permanently and make noisebridge a safe place.  We can do it in TWO WEEKS (for consensus).   Lets do it!  Too bad I am not a member.   Ah well.  
> 
> Some suggestions would be to have membership actually have some sort of duties to the community.  Now this doesn't have to be a rule but you know, to be excellent to your community would be to set a good example for everyone else around the space.  Being present and making sure everyone feels safe.  Have some pride in your hackerspace and help to keep it safe.   I try to do this whenever I am in the space even though I am not a member.   
> 
> Anyone else have ideas?  
> 
> -- 
> Ronald Cotoni
> Systems Engineer
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