Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday March 21, 2012

Sexist Gaffe Costs Startup Event Sponsors

Attention fellow tech nerds, if you are holding a sponsored tech event, you can't publicly announce that women serving alcohol is one of the event's perks. If you do, you will lose event sponsors.

Your language, as far as I understand it, is making the assumption that all coders are male, that all are straight, that women are sexual objects offered as a reward (HIGHLY inappropriate in a professional context), and that the women are there to serve them.

I am a bit confused here because every tech event (since the beginning of time) has featured booth babes handing out pamphlets, serving food and alcohol, giving massages, etc. and that's okay, but if you say it's a "perk," you lose sponsors. roll eyes (sarcastic)