----- Original Message -----
From: jennyw <jennyw / dangerousideas.com>
To: ruby-talk ML <ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 12:59 PM
Subject: [ruby-talk:14550] Re: Ruby mascot proposal


> I've just started to learn more about Ruby (not a Ruby programmer yet) ...
>
> In this thread, I've seen a few people mention that they'd like some sort
of
> sexy woman for the mascot. I'd just like to point out that if a sexy woman
> becomes Ruby's mascot, you risk alienating some people.

Probably true.

> One of the greatest asset a technology can have is its community, and
that's
> often why I check out news groups, mailing lists, etc. when investigating
> something new.  If a logo or mascot gives people the impression that Ruby
is
> a boys' club, this can be a real turn off. By boys' club I don't mean a
> community that's mostly male (I assume the Ruby community is like this
now),
> but a group that would make it difficult for women to feel accepted.

I'm in favor of more women in science and engineering. What is it, 12% on
the average?

Sometimes it's the subtle things that make a difference (as with Ruby
itself).

Thanks for commenting.

Hal

> Jen
>