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12 April 2014 @ 08:37 pm
Your Mom  
Can we please stop using "your mom" in tech discourse, as in "This is an app your mom can use" or "Linux won't make the desktop until your mom can use it"? Do you really think being female and old enough to have children who read tech forums makes you incompetent? Whenever I hear "your mom", I think first of my mom (well, mum, because I'm British), who is 85 and has been using computers since about 1985. She's no geek, but she can usually work out how to use a new piece of software. Then I think of my colleague Reyyan, who is also someone's mom, and in fact someone's grandma. She's also head of the Computer Education department, an active member of WIC, an expert on information ethics and a pretty competent programmer. So presumably, when you say "your mom", I guess you mean yo mamma.
Robinsolri on April 13th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Good article. I shared it on Facebook so my son will read it. Except I don't have a son - I just wanted wanted to be ageist and sexist in the opposite direction for a change.
Regytregyt on April 13th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I know some pretty badass and competent moms.

Hell, even my own mom, who would be the first to tell anyone that she thinks of herself as bad at computers and bad at math &c &c &c, was perfectly capable of teaching herself to use ICQ and AIM when motivated to communicate with me back when I first went off to college.

The boss of TigerBot Heshcassielsander on April 13th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
At first I thought you wanted "your mom" taken out of tech people trash talk, which would also be a welcome development but might be a bigger ask.