The Boys of DemoCamp strike again

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Although not (I think) as bad as the incident at DemoCamp 9, I found a not-insignificant level of sexism in one of the presentations at last night’s DemoCamp 12: Alec Saunders of Iotum was demonstrating their Talk-Now service, and his demo scenario involved himself and three (presumably fictional) others: Frank, John and Jill.

Frank, he wanted to talk to about the budget.

John, he wanted to meet for drinks after work.

Jill, however, he wanted to ask out on a date.

Is it just me, or is it too much to ask that some man, somewhere, depict a woman in a technology demo scenario as something other than a sex object? Who knows, maybe Alec’s bi, and his “drinks” with John was just a thinly-veiled euphemism for wild man-sex, but that wasn’t the impression that I had.


  1. Hey Sandy,

    Thanks for pointing that out. No sexism intended. I’ve worked with hundreds of talented female engineers in my career, and hope to continue to do so. I’ll find another reason for demo-guy John to call demo-gal Jill in future demos.


  2. sandy says:

    Thanks for the comment, Alec. I had the impression that it was unintentional, but still kinda stuck out for me. Call me a sensitive female engineer, I guess. 🙂

  3. I’ll tell you something I was suprised by Sandy… it was the constant Tracy Lords joke. It’s interesting what we’re sensitive to. I am surprised that women apparently didn’t find that offensive. It certainly made me cringe when I heard it, and while it wasn’t “offensive” to me, I thought it a little tasteless given the gender mix in the audience.

  4. sandy says:

    I have no idea who Tracy Lords is, so I guess I missed that one.

  5. Ah, well, you can find her bio (it’s Traci Lords)in most of the movie and television databases on the internet. I’ll leave it to you to search further if you’re interested.

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