Ugh… I really get pissed at the basic idea of “we can see how usable Ubuntu is by testing it on our girlfriends.” Assumption: “We” are male; “our” girlfriends are ignorant of technical matters. And are stupid. Femininity here is equated with non-technical status. This is not only untrue, it is a really poisonous idea to spread.
First task: Tell me what the capital of Bosnia is. Second task: watch a video on YouTube Third task: Download a Spice Girls album.
Uhhh WTF with the Spice Girls? Care to infantalize women’s use on the internet any more?
How about finding some RECIPES too?
All of this just yanks my chain big time, like when people say in talks and demos, “It’s so easy, my MOM can do it.” (And then everyone in the audience laughs knowingly.) Like moms are the dumbest people ever. My pet peeve at technical conferences. I am a mom!
I am also a girlfriend!
I am also technically competent and don’t enjoy condescension!
Test Linux on your ignorant dad, next time, or your poker buddy. Be sure to have him download crap about the Backstreet Boys and other overly gendered BS.
Hundreds of women on the linuxchix mailing list are rolling their eyes in unison.
WAIT I’m so confused, maybe if they made the Ubuntu background pink?!?