Here's some common arguments I've seen about PyCon:
Dongle jokes aren't bad this is all about nothing!
No, but they are sexual innuendoes and are thus prohibited by PyCon's Code of Conduct. They broke the rules by making these jokes in a public setting that is considered to be professional in nature.
She should have just talked to them OR told them to shut up!
The PyCon Code of Conduct which she agreed to and followed tells con-goers to report activity that makes them or others feel uncomfortable.
She broke the rules too by taking a photograph and publicly shamed them!
Yes, she broke the photograph rule, but the shaming rule wasn't written until after this incident.
She should have just called the organizers!
She did, via twitter, as was required by her from the code of conduct.
She forced him to be fired OR She forced them to get kicked out!
No, she neither forced them to be fired nor did she force them to get kicked out. No one got kicked out according to the PyCon organizers. They took both parties aside and talked to them individually.
He didn't deserve to be fired.
We don't know that and we can't know that. There's numerous reasons why he could have been fired and we only have his word that this was the problem. It's dubious at best considering he's a developer in a developer starved economy.
She deserved to be fired because she ruined her reputation with developers!
We don't know that and we can't know that. We do know a vocal group of people were unhappy, but we have no idea on how it was affecting the business. We do know it incited a DDOS on SendGrid and they made a business decision to not back her up based on that.
She shouldn't have used twitter as a weapon! (No one said these words exactly)
She spoke out against feeling uncomfortable at a public professional setting. How she spoke out is really not something anyone would judge least it become too easy to judge anyone for speaking out about anything. We should cherish that she spoke out. We can definitely chide the delivery method, but probably shouldn't.
If she hadn't done this the fiasco wouldn't have occurred!
We can only assume that. Equally we can assume that if mr-hank hadn't been fired we also wouldn't have anything to talk about. That's the company's fault, not Ms. Richards'.
She should have just kept quiet!
I suppose keeping silent in the face of someone making you uncomfortable is a choice geeks and nerds like myself are well acquainted with from very early our childhood. It's easy to tell someone else to do the same, but rarely do we enjoy it when it happens to us. Ultimately she spoke out against somehting she found uncomfortable and unprofessional. Then a company fired someone for something related to this. Then SendGrid fired her because they were possibly losing money.
What the future probably looks like based on this:
- If you are a woman and you speak out publicly you will get death threats, gore pictures, and your address posted on the internet.
- Companies value money over people, every time.
- SendGrid will lose business, but maybe less than otherwise.
- Those who left SendGrid will probably go back because they dominate the field.
- Ms. Richards, a black female, will have a significantly harder time finding a job than a white male developer.