I was at the SOCMM12 as a guest, and happened to wander into a session about how we footprints online which may come back to haunt us. The panelists were discussing that there are some people who will proudly say, I do not know anything about the internet, I do not know anything about Facebook or computers, but there needs to be awareness about how this is something to be ashamed about, and how, for children’s security parents need to be more involved. Now this panel was three women and one man; one of those women is an incredibly strong, vocal radical feminist, and the other two women are intelligent, strong women as well.
Despite that, the male panelist was clever enough to say, regarding the lack of tech know-how, that “it is normally women who say things like this”. Forget the panelists, the audience went wild, booing and oohing at him. The feminist snapped at him about a misogynist confirmation bias; he did NOT understand what that meant and stubbornly claimed that he was opinionated and unafraid to voice those opinions. From the front row, a girl yelled, “Its not about being opinionated, its about having wrong and misogynist opinions”. Poor chap still didn’t understand.
They really need to screen panelists better for this next year.