I’m so glad Adria Richards was fired for defaming those two dudes at PyCon via twitter.
Instead of confronting the two men over the jokes she found offensive, she tweeted a picture of them without their permission to 10000+ twitter followers and submitted it to the public. One of those men was fired, her company’s website and her personal site were DDOS’d until she was fired, both companies are trying to save face amid the shitstorm, and everyone ends up worse in the end. All of this started from something that could’ve been prevented by 3 words “that’s not cool”, a strategy she endorses on her own website (link currently not working due to Cloudflare’s anti-DDOS).
She has a history of using social media as a passive aggressive tool for expressing herself to the world, while avoiding doing the same to people that could actually change the things she disagreed with. Amanda Blum mentions a few examples on her Wordpress, citing two previous occasions that she cried foul to the internet instead of dealing with the solvable problems herself. There are plenty of examples out there from her own twitter and people who have worked with her showing just how ridiculous and hypocritical this person can be as well:
Her take on it and the comments after are pretty interesting, claiming she was triggered to act after seeing a photo of a girl programmer during the conference’s “Young Coders” program, wondering what kind of environment she would experience in her field. Besides the hilarity of her ignoring a comment on there because the person was a straight white male (amid her anger over what amounts to dick jokes she’s made in the past herself), her own whimsical description of how she didn’t talk to them directly because she thought she would be ostracized was the most interesting part of it. This comes after the intense online criticism, harassment and threats she’s received after her actions have lead to a father of 3’s termination. I hope that last sentence does not come off as something similar to CNN’s recent portrayal of what will happen to the Steubenville rapists (focusing on the perpetrators instead of the victims).
Clearly this woman has good intentions of stamping out sexism in the workplace, especially in an industry that is heavily male. However, by eavesdropping on two co-workers making shitty sexual jokes among one another and exhibiting the whole “your rights end where my feelings begin” deal, she essentially created a battle of the sexes over essentially…
The worst part about this whole event though is that, in the end, she will get another job, will continue to exhibit the same shameful behaviors, and has shown that she has learned nothing from this whole experience.
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