On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM, <carolmooredc(a)verizon.net> wrote:
First, note per my last message on stalkers,
obviously the other editors
on the issue in question were assumed to be or admittedly male.
I identify with below. Some women are just more diplomatic than we may be;
others have unconsciously gotten into the habit of always apologizing for
opining - though theose often may be more likely to leave.
I even sometimes find myself apologetic, however, I have never found myself
apologetic for going off on a jerk (regardless of gender), however, it does
get tiring, and sometimes you just feel like giving up. All the more reason
why community is so important. I'm tired of people telling me that I'm
"canvasing" by telling my friends and colleagues that myself or someone or a
topic is being unfairly treated or disrespected. A cry or call for help is
not canvassing, it's bringing awareness.
What's funny is on a current article I originally
thought two aggressive
editors, one of whom even attacked me bringing up an old block to try to
keep me from editing, turned out to be women. However, they are editing on
an article where the top allows them to actualize the role of the female
bear protecting her cubs.
Yes, it's not always men who are bullies and jerks on Wikipedia. "Jerks
be jerks regardless of gender!" :D But, it does show you how our minds work
- we're so used to males bullying "us" or disrespecting us on Wikipedia,
that when you find out it's a woman it's even harder to take sometimes. Ha!
Also, while it can be frustrating, I don't let my
lack of tech saavy let me
feel bad. Better to carp that the tech savvies should make it easier for the
rest of us and get them to admit you are right! :-)
I wish I could say that. People often seem surprised to find out that I'm
really self conscious about it. Even though I have been using technology
longer than most people who are my age, and I've often been described as
being "on top of it"; the more I have become involved in Wikimedia the more
self conscious I have become and I've realized I don't know as much as
people think. I can fake it until I make it at times, but, tech is not one
of those places. It's been frustrating for me as someone involved in
planning Wikimania 2012, I have no clue who half the key note speakers
recommended to me were.
"Ok, and who is Tim Berners-Lee?"
"Uh, he only invented the internet"
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