If you aren’t familiar with Adria Richards and the controversy surrounding her situation (described as a “plight” by some, a “fitting end” by others) here is a quick summary. At a recent tech conference, Richards tweeted a photo of two men behind her who, in her view, were making “sexist comments.”
The tweet, her actions at the conference and the ensuing media attention got one of the men fired from his job, and Richards from hers.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian shared his two cents on the initial situation and ensuing social commentary on his site particularly, in a post titled “Dear Fellow Geeks: WTF?”
“The comments (and support for them) I’ve seen over the past few days have really disappointed me and I really hope this is a chance for us to reflect on how we use these tools to foster the tech community. This isn't 'political correctness,' this is you having the courage to use your words to create an environment that promotes an open exchange of ideas -- not alienate people and certainly not terrorize them.”
Ohanian is clear about his stance on the incident, but what is yours?
Was Richards being overly sensitive, using her position to start a fight? Or, were the men being overtly sexual and degrading to the point where action needed to be taken?