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Igor Ilic
Igor Ilic

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As a man in tech I stand for EQUALITY

The topic that I'm going to cover today is a bit different from what I usually write about, but I felt the need to express my opinion on this subject because even though we are living in 2021 we are still acting like we are in the stone age (and even than it shouldn't have been acceptable).

Ever since I got into the tech scene back in the 2010 one thing that stood out the most to me was the lack of diversity and equality in this field especially for people that identify as women.

I follow a lot of great content creators (blog/tutorial writers, video makers, live streamers) β€” many of whom identify as women β€” who are exposed to so many inappropriate comments about their looks or their skill levels.

See just some of countless examples below:

Some might find it funny or amusing to leave comments on their posts or in live streams, such as "hey baby" or "you're sexy" which just demotes their value as a person and can seriously ruin their day but also have a long-standing effects and for what? You getting a giggle out of their reaction? Getting to feel "superior"? STOP. You DO NOT have the privilege, or the right to speak that way to anyone.

You are not entitled to flirt with women. You are not entitled to comment on a woman's appearance. You are not entitled to a damn thing. Keep your shitty little comments to yourself.

Who is to blame for this? Me. I am. I've watched this abuse happen and did nothing. I was the problem. I will not sit idle. I will act. People deserve to be safe.


Now the hard question: How about you?

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