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Debian Women May Leave Due to 'Sexist' Post

Dec 16, 2008, 14:02 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"The message in question was posted on November 23 by developer Josselin Mouette to the list meant for important announcements for developers.

"One of the women in question, Miriam Ruiz, who became a developer in 2004 by joining the Debian Women project, told iTWire she had not resigned and did not plan to do so because it would send the wrong message, "that this kind of behaviour is a winning strategy. I don't want to be sending that message. Secondly, I don't want to flee leaving behind all the people - users and developers- that are somehow depending on my work, some of whom have been supportive."

"Sources say a second developer, whose identity is unknown, has mentioned the possibility of resigning.

"Ruiz, who looks after 27 packages, said Mouette's post imitated the style of certain kinds of spam, made a joke meant to offend some people and reduced women to sexual objects."

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