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August 9, 2006

Mayank,

I understand I shouldn’t apply my standards to every culture but I really don’t feel like there’s a nice way to say this:

Women are not a group that operate as a block. They are not of one mind and the actions of a single woman cannot be generalized to all women everywhere. They cannot even necessarily be generalized to any other specific woman anywhere.

What you experienced was the result of a single human being, independent of gender. If you want to complain about the person who did this, by all means, do so; but don’t generalize this behavior to the whole group or any subset thereof it’s unbecoming and hurtful.

Your remarks, both positive and negative, are patently sexist and downright unhelpful to the open source development community (fedora included) which, through various projects, is hoping to attract more women to our efforts and even out the demographic.

Generalizing any traits to greater than 50% of the population and stereotyping in this manner only serves to further polarize segments of the population.

Please, don’t do that.

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weekend

August 7, 2006

I took thursday and friday off (in order to keep from losing vacation time I had built up). The girl and I went home to see my parents and grandparents. I spent thursday helping my grandparents around their house.

On Saturday we drove up to Monticello and spent the day there. That was wonderful to roam around and take the tour.

On Thursday night/Friday morning I spent a good portion of time working with Mike McGrath on doing an emergency migration of fedoraproject.org from an old (now failed) machine to the new fpserv.fedoraproject.org nicely donated by Dell.

I’m glad the new machine was ready and waiting for us to move to it. I’m happier still that I had been regular backups of fedoraproject.org and those backups had worked reliably. 🙂