San Francisco magazine has published a weird — I don't even know what to call it: apology? Explanation? Self-abuse in print? — thing about how an article they published in their print magazine, about six major tech bloggers, contained no women among the six (though, for the record, Sam Biddle was included. Nitasha Tiku was not, for example). So, instead of rectifying the mistake, they've gone on a kind of a repetitive rant, trying to explain it somehow. Of course, there are no black members of the 'geek chorus' either, so they probably should just submit their own article to be posted on the 100% Men tumblr. (And that tumblr should probably be called '100% Men, and 99% White', just for the sake of accuracy.)
I don't mind that SF Magazine recognizes its error, or at least recognizes that a lot of people think they made an error. But sometimes talking about it is not as good as, y'know, fixing it. But it's a print publication so they can't really fix it, so they decided to write a post about writing the post about writing the original article:
Now. We're fully aware that there are more than six people in the world who belong in this category. We're aware that not all of them are men. We're aware that including no women (or people of color) sends a message—not just about the tech industry, but about us, the people who did the selecting. And of course we're aware that there are many, many, many great female writers who are contributing valuable commentary about this most obsessed-about of industries. As the editor ofBetabeat, the New York Observer's tech vertical, Jessica Roy has demonstrated a mastery of tone that floors me every day and that all tech-blog editors would be smart to look at. Though the New Republic's Noreen Malone has interests that extend far beyond tech, she's written some of the mostthoughtful pieces about the industry I've ever read. Jenna Wortham is a colossally talented columnist and beat reporter, not to mention a scoop machine and a hilarious tweeter. Tasneem Raja's piece about "brogrammer" culture remains a critical contribution to the issue of sexism in tech. Gawker's Nitasha Tiku is, without hyperbole, a personal hero of mine. Megan Garber, Kate Losse, Laura June,Betsy Morais: This could go on for a while.
[via San Francisco Magazine]