Many of us male techies feel we can honestly deny gender is an issue in our professional world in but then stuff like this f*ckery reported by Valleywag happens:
TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 startup conference: an app called Titstare, presented by two grinning Australian dudes, exactly as tasteless as it sounds.
The stunt—which the Sydney duo claims was just a “joke”—was done before to an audience who paid for the opportunity to watch what was essentially a shitty routine pulled from the boys’ cabin at sleepaway camp. Some in attendance actually laughed and cheered, so I suppose part of the crowd thought they got their money’s worth.
If you’d like to feel worse today, here’s another “demo” from the same “hackathon” “presentation,” which is basically a guy pretending to jerk off before a crowd that included a 9-year-old girl.
TechCrunch is owned by AOL. AOL owns a lot of brands including HuffPo, Moviefone and MapQuest. This conference series is not a small deal. It’s international. Somehow, in San Francisco, California in 2013 organizers for this huge conference series hosted by a premier brand of an international tech company believes that these bits were amusing and appropriate. They even publicized the bits before someone complained:
TechCrunch proceeded to tweet a link to Titstare from its official Disrupt account, but decided that was perhaps unwise, and deleted it, settling for this instead.
This is a symptom of the problem of not having gender diversity in tech.