does feminism have a place in tech?
If we have a 'top women in tech' list, shouldn't we have a 'top men in tech' list too? So joked a panel moderator.
Isn't that equal? Sure. Absolutely. I say go for it.
Incensed? So was a great majority of the audience at the Girls in Tech chapter launch in London last Friday. A female audience member raised her hand and said that it was an inappropriate joke because joking about privilege only condones it.
The conference organisers quickly said that they had no opinion on the matter beyond that men were as welcome at Girls in Tech events as women, indeed they were encouraged, and that they supported equality for both genders.*
I thought back to a dinner table discussion at Thinking Digital a few days before in which a fellow delegate and diner said that he hadn't even noticed that half the speakers were female.
I think the women in the audience was wrong, we should have a 'top men in tech' list. Let me tell you why:
These incidents typify, for me, two things: the difference between British and American feminism, and the hang-up with real gender equity.