This week in my column, I talk about whether popular geek blog Slashdot is evolving away from its all-boy, sexist roots. I discuss a couple of incidents where my articles have been Slashdotted and huge chunks of the comment threads have been taken up with discussions of whether I’m hot or ugly.
A lot of readers have already written to me to say that they think men are just automatically sexists — or that geeks are so sex-deprived that they can’t look at women without thinking about fucking them. I don’t think either of those things is true, and that’s what I argue in my column. There are a lot of feminist men on Slashdot and elsewhere in the world, as well as men who wouldn’t call themselves feminists but who still value a woman for the content of her character instead of her hotness.
I’m a fan of Slashdot, and I hope my column encourages more women to join the debates on the site. The best thing we can do to stomp sexism in the geek world is to join that world and challenge all those guys’ stereotypes of women.