It’s yet another tale of misogynists building myths about feminists. Feminists are all out to get those hard-working, super-smart guys working in the tech industry, don’t you know.
Yesterday, Eric Raymond, a software development and open-source software advocate, published an explosive allegation on his blog: a recently disbanded group called the Ada Initiative, which advertises itself as helping make tech more welcoming for women, had been attempting to entrap men by using “honey pots” to seduce them and then accuse them of rape. “The MO was to get alone with the target, and then immediately after cry ‘attempted sexual assault,” wrote Raymond’s source, an IRC correspondent he doesn’t name but who he says has been “both well-informed and completely trustworthy in the past.”
Worst of all, these evil feminists have been gunning for a high-profile target: Linus Torvalds, the tech-hero founder of Linux. “Linus hasn’t spoken out about this; I can think of several plausible and good reasons for that,” writes Raymond. “And the Ada Initiative shut down earlier this year. Nevertheless, this report is consistent with reports of SJW [social-justice-warrior, a derogatory term used frequently in anti-feminist writing] dezinformatsiya tactics from elsewhere and I think it would be safest to assume that they are being replicated by other women-in-tech groups.”
Right. So two assholes chat on IRC and invent a sordid story, and that becomes Truth in their eyes.
I knew people in the Ada Initiative. I supported the Ada Initiative. I attended a workshop by the Ada Initiative. Their story is total nonsense. This “honey trap” bullshit was not only never part of their agenda, but there are zero instances of Ada Initiative personnel going after men in industry. but of course this is already being touted on Breitbart as evidence of an ongoing conspiracy.
Two guys talking on IRC. That’s their standard of evidence.
But let’s drill down to the real intent of their story.
I’m going to take my source’s implied advice. And view “sexual assault” claims fitting this MO with extreme skepticism in the future.
It’s all about justifying ludicrous degrees of skepticism about commonplace events. Men accused of sexism can now be assumed innocent because two guys on IRC made up a conspiracy theory about Devil Women.