You’ve probably heard of “Donglegate”. If not, start with Jill Filipovic’s excellent rundown of the matter: Sexism in the workplace is alive and well, and Adria Richards is latest victim
The following people have all written excellent, smart, and cogent analyses about the issue. Each of these posts addresses different aspects, and every single one of them is worth reading. In fact, if you care about improving the culture of tech, these are required reading.
These articles will give you a wealth of knowledge, insight and perspective on this very intricate situation, and the bigger issue itself. You may not agree with all of them, but I encourage you to read them with an open mind, setting your own biases and privileges aside.
Somewhat in order of personal preference:
Sarah Milstein: I Have A Few Things To Say About Adria
Matt LeMay: On PyCon
Janet D. Stemwedel: Naming, shaming, victim-blaming: thoughts on Adria Richards and PyCon
Stephanie Zvan: Not in public!
Gayle Laakmann McDowell: Digging Beneath the Surface: That Amanda Blum Article on Adria Richards is Not What It Seems
Courtney Stanton: A Woman Walks Into A Tech Conference
Estelle Weyl: Death by 1000 cuts
Dani Alexis: How Adria Richards Spoke For Me
Alexis Ohanian: Dear Fellow Geeks: WTF
Unrelated to the Adria Richards case, but a good read about public shaming in general, is Janet D. Stemwedel’s The ethics of naming and shaming.
You might notice a central theme here: none of these people are blaming the victim (Richards). If you think she was in the wrong to publicly report the two guys, you should definitely read all of the articles above very carefully. I’m not saying there isn’t an argument to be made against that perspective, but thus far I’ve been unable to find a piece trying to do so that wasn’t steeped in the authors’ biases and/or their inability to examine their own privileges. As Stephanie Zvan points out, this is all about politics, and so these privileges and biases are very important to overcome.
If you know of an article about this case that you feel is worthy of inclusion (and doesn’t suffer from obvious privilege/bias issues), please let me know on Twitter and I’ll check it out. (My thanks to Gabe Glick and James Baker for several additions)
I have a lot of things to say about the case myself, and only some are addressed in the above pieces. So, more posts to follow.