A Retraction

This is long overdue.

Back in 2003, when I was working on my Sweater Project sweater, I posted this: http://sweaterproject.org/2003/08/01/i-am-miffed/

It was meant humorously. But some recent conversations that I’ve been following in the blogosphere, particularly on science blogs that have been talking about issues of discrimination against women, made me realize that I fell in to a very common behavior for men on the Internet, and I need to apologize for it.

In that post, I made a tongue-in-cheek comment about Kerry Ferguson’s sexuality. My complaint was that the pattern she wrote didn’t work out for me. But I completely deviated from valid criticism of the pattern in that post.

It’s very common for people to get criticized on the Internet. But lately, my eyes have been opened to the fact that women disproportionately get personally attacked in criticisms in ways that have nothing to do with the subject matter being discussed. I was wrong in that post, and I am very sorry for my choice of words. Ms. Ferguson, if you see this post, please accept my apologies. I was out of line and I will not make that mistake again.

3 Responses to “A Retraction”

  1. janna Says:

    Hurray for enlightenment! 😉

  2. Denise Says:

    David, it is so nice to see someone else notice this trend. As a woman, I often feel like people look at me funny when I point out things like this (that women, more often than men, are the targets of “ad hominem” attacks :-) ). Anyway, thanks for providing some outside validation.

  3. Leigh Says:

    Good for you!