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Re: OT: net-loss (was RE: attention net-grrls)

  • From: William Allen Simpson
  • Date: Fri Jun 09 13:43:32 2000

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rdobbins@netmore.net wrote:
> Technology works the same for everyone, regardless of gender, race, creed,
> or color; that's one of the beautiful things about it.  Consciously erecting
> artificial boundaries where none need exist strikes me as being laughably
> archaic, and ultimately counterproductive.
> 
While technology works the same for everyone, there's no need to join 
a mailing list to use technology.  We join a mailing list to learn 
and interact with people.   People do not work the same regardless of 
<attribute>.

When I've attended meetings, I've seen that the vast majority of 
participants are white males.  It seems reasonable to expect that 
those without the same immutable characteristics might feel different  
or even excluded.  

Although several of the outstanding leaders in our field have been 
female (kc, Radia, Sally, the Sues of Merit, etc. etc. etc.), those 
who desire to follow in their footsteps may very well join together 
for mutual encouragement and mentoring.  In which case, joining 
another list or organization for "networking" with each other might be 
a stimulus to greater productivity.

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