Spamming PyPI with stupid packages

Ben Finney ben+python at
Tue Jan 3 16:57:59 EST 2012

Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at> writes:

> The joke cuts both ways.

This is the Just World fallacy: you're implying that, because the same
joke can be applied equally well to women or men, that therefore it is
equally harmful. The fallacy is to ignore the fact that the playing
field is not level.

Yes, that same joke can semantically be applied equally to men. But it
is disproportionately harmful to women, because there is a significantly
greater level of sexism against women already. Apologetics defending
sexist jokes against women delay the time when women can feel that they
are as free to participate in this community as men.

Actions appropriate for a level playing field are not appropriate in our

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Ben Finney

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