But one thing that crossed my radar, thanks to the wonder that is librarians on Twitter, is that much of his language was gendered:
#litaforum women and children were makers too, back in the day!
— emily Mitchell (@mitchee3) November 8, 2013
Back in the day there were craftswomen too... #litaforum
— Karen Merguerian (@GKMerguerian) November 8, 2013
Nerds can be women too.. #justsaying #litaforum :)
— Cindi Blyberg (@ctblyberg) November 8, 2013
Nerds can also be smart ladies you go to with hard problems :) #litaforumI consider myself a pretty sensitive person with respect to these issues. In language as well as action, I try to let things be neutral and fair, evicting unnecessary and damaging assumptions. But I didn't notice the gendered language at all until I saw the tweets calling it out. And more than anything I want to say: I appreciate this. I need the reminder. We all do. It can't stand and it's not going to change unless people are persistent, unless they call put even the most seemingly-innocuous assumptions. Because they're not innocuous. Because we need to say what we mean, not something that's close but shrouded in the biases of our past.
— LITAForum (@LITAForum) November 8, 2013
So, thank you, #libtechwomen, and everyone else who fights this fight. We appreciate it and learn from you.