I suspect that people will be coming here to find out more about me because of this. I don’t have much to add to what I have already said, so I am reposting my little manifesto:
My people: Deciding whether or not a woman is allowed to call herself a nerd is just more paternalistic patrolling of women’s behavior. It is telling women “If you attempt to be part of this community, you’ll be scrutinized and doubted, because your gender makes you suspect.”
And I have been in this industry and fought against this behavior too long to care about explanations, rationalizations, or justifications. Nor will I tolerate the attempts of those who blithely spread this shit to call themselves “cooler heads” while they paint me as irrational.Am I angry? Yes. Is my anger rational? Yes. A woman is not hysterical just because she has an emotion and uses her intellect to explain it.tl;dr: It is never OK to call a woman a whore because you don’t approve of her.