[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: Some interesting thoughts on "benevolent sexism"

rachel lyra hospodar rachelyra at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 23:06:41 UTC 2013

Thanks for this, Lyra!  I think there are a bunch of good ways to move 
forward on issues of embedded sexist behaviors.  Ultimately the question 
of what to do next depends on who the speaker is.  We all have work we 
can do within ourselves, and the old advice about tending to the beam in 
one's own eye first rings pretty true here.  Sometimes I think the most 
fruitful thing for most of us to do is to encourage the normalization of 
a critical analysis and discussion of these issues, as a normal and 
rational part of public discourse.


On 4/5/2013 4:01 PM, Lyra wrote:
> So I tend to just write off people like Garrett Smith - their opinion is
> not useful or valid to me so why waste cycles feeding the trolls?
> However, Merlin's link on Stereotype Threat clarified what is bad about
> that behavior. This isn't a small, vocal, but ultimately powerless group
> that thinks this way. This is a lot of people, some very intelligent,
> some very powerful.
> Instead of bothering with this  fruitless argument with Garrett, let's
> look at ways we can combat the source of the problem. Calling people out
> on unnoticed bad behavior is one way. Pro active and empowering
> education opportunities are an excellent one too (for adults and
> especially for children). Further thoughts?
> Lyra
> Sent en route, pardon the brevity.
> On Apr 5, 2013 3:46 PM, "Danny O'Brien" <danny at spesh.com
> <mailto:danny at spesh.com>> wrote:
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