Read this. Now.
This issue and the blog response were brought to my attention by my friend and colleague Amanda Phillips.
And if you’ve any doubts about the pervasiveness of these attitudes and the need for ongoing, thoughtful discussion about gender, just take a gander at the comments.
One of my favorite moments, in response to a commenter who insists that nobody would be upset if the gender-roles were reversed, is by the original post author, Arinn Dembo:
“Since offensive terms were not applied equally, since we aren’t working in an industry with gender equality in the workplace, and since we’re not getting into what characters deserve to be called (only what they are called) we’re having the discussion.”
Engage in hypothetical response all you want, the reality is this is the thing that happened and that needs to be addressed.