Joke results in two men losing thier jobs

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Oliver Canterberry

New Albany, OH

#1 Mar 22, 2013
Earlier this week at the PyCon conference (the largest annual gathering for developers using the open-source Python programming language), a woman named Adria Richards overheard a joke between two men sitting behind her during a crowded presentation.

Richards was offended and took a picture of the two men who were making jokes. She tweeted, "Not cool. Jokes about forking repo's in a sexual way and "big" dongles. Right behind me #pycon." She also attached a photo of the two people making the jokes.

Richards worked for SendGrid, an email delivery company, as a developer evangelist. She had 10,000 Twitter followers.

Because there are so few women in tech, accusations of sexist jokes can be damaging. Her tweet led to one of the people in the photo losing his job.

Internet communities Hacker News, Reddit, and even Anonymous all became involved in the situation, which resulted in an online discussion addressing the tension between the "freewheeling boys-will-be-boys atmosphere" that has traditionally existed in technology and a modern politically correct atmosphere.

For those of you who have never heard these terms, a dongle is a small piece of hardware that attaches to a computer, TV, or other electronic device and enables additional functions such as copy protection, audio, video, games, data, or other services that are only available when it is attached.

Forking as it relates to software is defined when developers take a copy of source code from one software package and start independent development on it, creating a distinct piece of software.

With all the attention, SendGrid found itself under attack, and it ended up firing Richards.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#2 Mar 22, 2013
One man and one woman. She was the one who originally cried, then her hypocrisy was discovered and she was told to hit the road.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#4 Mar 22, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Just another selfish annoying woman who thinks everybody has to cater to her sensibilities.
She got offended. Boo hoo.
That whole karma thing worked like a charm in her case.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 22, 2013
This is certainly newsworthy!

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#7 Mar 22, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
This is certainly newsworthy!
Enough for you to click on, it would seem.

Carmel, IN

#12 May 2, 2013
This entire matter is irritating because she makes women look bad! This battle hag thinks she is doing something positive by publically shaming two guys who are having a conversation between themselves and she is eavesdropping. The snoop didn't like what she heard and made a federal case out of it. PyCon shouldn't have kicked them out of the conference, they overreacted because society is sending mixed messages about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate.

Best Buy hires Amy Pohler to sexually harass a young man, maybe a teen by asking him if he was bothered by her talking about dongles. This would be clear sexual harassment in the workplace but yet it is supposed to be funny when used in an advertisment to be seen by millions of people, including young children. Does this mean it is ok for women to harass men but not the other way around? Does it mean that women can joke about dongles but men can't?

Adria insults women with her whiny and rabid attitude. She is a disgusting beastmaven and deserved to be fired. Any employer should be wary of her as she is the kind who would l try to find a reason to sue. SendGrid had the sense to cut it's losses and move on. Hopefully, they won't hire such a militant biTch again.
Enzyte Bob Forever

Blacklick, OH

#13 May 2, 2013
Whiny crybabies like Karl always have to run to mommy to protect them from people are who enjoy life.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#14 May 2, 2013
Enzyte Bob Forever wrote:
Whiny crybabies like Karl always have to run to mommy to protect them from people are who enjoy life.
I'm living rent free in your head.

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