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Sorry, folks, February 1 is just another regular day.
It was all supposed to be lighthearted and humorous, but Alexander received feedback that sparked concern about the day going in negative directions it wasnt intended to take.
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Objectification of female tech writers has flown under the radar for a long time. That we are talking about these issues means Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day has already served its purpose, Humor, without even becoming official.
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Some readers supported the idea. As a male, its embarrassing to me when a discussion devolves from being about technology to being about a womans physical assets,new york asian escorts wrote reader bhartman35 in the comments on CNETs article. Others werent so enthusiastic. Sounds more like youre trying to even the score than prevent anything or educate anyone, wrote reader jlongino.
Writing in the New Statesman, Alexander explains the cancellation. Objectify is not about celebrating objectification or about people feel uncomfortable, but Im increasingly worried that point will be lost and that harm can be done, she says.
Alexanders original idea was to make February 1 a day when people sharing articles written by male tech writers would add an extra comment about the writers appearance. This was in response to ongoing issues she has encountered with people comments about her appearance, something she feels few male tech writers have to deal with.
If youve been spending the last few days thinking up adjectives to use on Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day, youll have to save dreamy, hunky, handsome, and hot for another occasion. Leigh Alexander, the writer who first proposed the special day for February 1, has called an official halt to the festivities before they can begin.
Unmark your calendar for February 1. Objectify a Male Tech Writer day has been cObjectify a Male Tech Writer Day gets canned Humoranceled due to potential misunderstandings and misuse.
Alexanders idea has already sparked a good amount of discussion about the issues it was designed to highlight. Comments flew st and furious in articles and on the days (now deleted) Facebook page.