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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. I

    • 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 the various reasons for not attending conferences were more along the lines of "even if I could go, why would I want to be the one person everyone hits on?" Now it's more a case of "I'm not so worried about being one of the few women amongst a sea of men but I can't go because [reasons similar to those I covered in my post]".

      My personal experience doesn't cover a time span long enough to really compare, but it seems to me that the men are getting better, although managers may not be :(. With respect to the conferences I went to last year, I encountered no lewd jokes and felt no discrimination because of my gender. These were both in Australia though, at conferences without booth babes. I expect to avoid attending conferences where I could reasonably anticipate anything of the kind. Sex and sexuality should have no place at a technical conference.

      • 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