We should make #36c3 even more political, queer and feminist than #35c3 to drive those bro's away, that make it partly unsafe for people like me and minorities. I won't say make it less technical but get all kinds of people in that don't feel safe to attend yet. Flash news: feminist women can be hackers as well, we're not decoration or there for men's annoyance.
After the "Feminsist perspectives" talk a lot of people were honestly asking why women dont like male-dominated basements. I see how this could not be easy to understand and I think the next Congress should have a whole Feminist track.
With talks explaining why woman dont like basements. How the total lack of support / welcoming can be seen as hostile.
Someone would need to do the emotional work of explaining that, but its worth it.
I was asked to stop any activism and public projects in Warsaw because the hackers there claimed they feel unsafe with me inviting women. With a female programmer they cannot joke about boobs and fucking. Women want the space to be clean. Theyre aliens.
I think a lot of CCC spaces work in a similar way. Think that a technocracy they have is objective and doesnt discriminate anyone. And girls arent just good enough to join.
Ive seen a lot of feminist women being discriminated in hackerspaces because they werent "a cultural fit", as Riot Games management would put it.
Because educational games for schools arent a hackerspace thing. Nor a phd in computational biology. Or an investigative data journalism.
Often Spaces find a single woman that can tolerate their culture and use it as "look were not sexist".
Multiple Spaces tolerate women only as mascots, passing guests, but once one of them claims to be competent, suddenly they meet with all the hostility and attempts to prove theyre not good enough. Or the languages they use suck.
We need to talk about it at the Congress and explain people that you can discriminate in a lot of ways. Outright ban is just one of them.
I can volunteer to have a talk on Feminism in hackerspaces, or at least about the female hackers / engineers / technicians in culture and literature.
A lot of hackers worship the nerdy Dresden Codak, not seeing that the webcomic author outrightly fetishizes his female protagonist. We need to talk about womens agency in culture and in Spaces.
Well, we can split the work. I spent hours explaining the feminist perspective this last Congress.
I know I put two years of research in the topic of women-in-tech in culture. I can submit my slides and even record a presentation beforehand so that everyone is sure I wont ridicule the topic.
I think 50/50 gender ratio among speakers on feminism could drive the point even better: we can all be feminist.
But that's what we need to do. We need to step up and tell others that their sexist jokes are sexist and not funny. We need to keep our fellow hackers in line and show them that we don't tolerate their sexist/racist/..ist bullshit. We need to create a welcoming space only then will the minorities that are right now missing truly join our Spaces. (This is not only true for hackspace but also for other parts of society)
@ckeen I really liked
https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-9370-hacking_how_we_see it's about finding open source ways of healing lazy eye. It's interesting, he's a good speaker and it could be helpful to people with that problem.
@AzureKingfisher @tonnerre @ckeen at least this year they distinguished male, female, and non-binary/groups/organizations. for the past i think it is only the number of people who could be identified with somewhat reasonable confidence as women. so, yeah, there is skew in the data, but it's still meaningful i'd say 🤷
If I could support I will be _very_ glad to do so.
@ludger there was a lightning talk from the haecksen on day two (?) about how to be an ally.
Yeah, we need the presence of queer and feminist people, but these people can't afford to come here.
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