sexÂ·ism â€“ noun
1. attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.Â
2. discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex, as in restricted job opportunities; esp., such discrimination directed against women.Â Â
I thought the DemoCamp presentation I did last night went pretty well, but was a little surprised to see this posting The Boys of DemoCamp Strike Again.Â Sandy KemsleyÂ found my scenario where demo-guy John asks demo-gal Jill for a date to be sexist.Â Personally, I didn’t see it as discriminatory, nor do I consider dating necessarily a bad traditional behaviour to perpetuate.Â After all, where would we be if didn’t occasionally find a mate and breed… extinct!
Nevertheless, as I commented to Sandy in her blog, I’ve worked with hundreds of talented female engineers in my day, and I respect themÂ and wish there were more women in the technology industry. Women often bring different and valuable perspectives to problem solving.Â I apologize to Sandy and any otherÂ woman in the audience who was offended last night.Â No sexism was intended, and I am sensitive to having caused offense.Â I will change the demo scenario before I do it again.Â