- “Tech Evangelist” Adria Richards publicly shames two dudes for making immature jokes about a dongle at a conference.
- Probably as a result, one of the dudes gets fired. The internet freaks out. Probably as a result, Adria Richards also gets fired. Some feminists see this as her losing her job for reporting sexual harassment and immediately flock to support her. Others, myself included, disagree with that reading.
- Richards demonstrates very little contemplation when given reasonable critiques of her initial behavior, which makes it hard to root for her. But because a bunch of guys are (sadly, predictably) complete jerkwads to her (everything from name-calling to rape and death threats), she becomes emblematic of the enormous problem of being a female in public.
So in the midst of this controversy and some other free speech scuffles, it seems one must choose between being on the side of women or the side of free speech. But is that so?
I take on Dongle-gate as well as the resignation of a Nebraska legislative staffer who dropped the C bomb on facebook in relation to a Democratic representative and the overall issue of whether feminism is in contrast to dirty jokes.
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