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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • First, I'll get the obligatory statement that I find Randal's boothbabes and booty calls to tiajuana at oscon to be a contributing factor as well as hold responsible the silent majority of those too spineless to say anything about it. Go chew on that somewhere randal.

    Aside from the pages of ranting I could write about my 15 or more years in largely male dominated fields, I'm really fucking tired of guys asking where all the women are. Even Larry succumbed to the same pointless whinge at YAPC one year. It used to be a good question, but fifteen YEARS of hearing the same damn question and yet there are now even fewer women. You'd think there would be some enlightenment, some improvement, some "Eureka!" moment, but...no. I've stuck with it through all the poop and fart jokes, every "N0W0m3n" router password and countless other things but, frankly, I'm not sure anymore why I stayed. It's the little things that count.

    Maybe guys should stop asking the dumb obvious question and start asking the harder ones, the ones that make people uncomfortable and difficult to brush off like this one. Considering how a large majority of perl children seem to be girls, I look forward to seeing the enlightenment that comes with having their children experience all the joys of being female.

    • In this particular case, it's the women asking this dumb, obvious question. And we're asking it of ourselves. Enough of us go to conferences to wish there were more of us there.

      We ask the harder questions too. Like how can we stand up for ourselves/each other against dumb racist, sexist or other unpleasant jokes and comments without exposing ourselves and each other to further ridicule? Like how we can encourage better behaviour all round?

      The men are presumably getting better. A few years ago th

      • Oops, didn't know you were a woman. Even so, a dumb question unless you get beyond that single dumb question. Think of it like a diversity training course at the office....mostly pointless but somehow makes people feel better thinking that they're doing something instead of helping perpetuate the status quo. I don't know that the guys are getting better, perhaps just better and staying silent and looking the other way. There is no risk in asking why there aren't more women around since it's easy to simply