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Don't use the G word(s)

Don't use the G word(s)

A lightning talk I gave on a Ruby Users Group meeting about using a more inclusive language when giving talks.


Marta Paciorkowska

August 07, 2014


  1. Use this one easy trick to make people listen to

  2. or...

  3. Don't use the G word(s)

  4. People will listen to you better...

  5. ...if you don't stereotype them.

  6. Hey guys, what's up?

  7. http://jessecravens.com/blog/2013/03/12/sxswi-2013-battle-of-the-html5-hackers/

  8. guys vs guy

  9. Urban Dictionary!

  10. „used for a normal/bloke-ish kind of boy. orringinates from guy

  11. „used in the same sense as man, bloke, etc. Origins

    unclear, perhaps Quebecois.”
  12. „an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice

    guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll"”
  13. You may wonder what to do.

  14. None
  15. This #{programming_language} works just like my girlfriend.

  16. Awesome you've made me a pun of your technology related

  17. I'm gonna listen to your message with even more enthusiasm!

  18. ...and I'm sure my gay programming friend feels just as

  19. Do we really want to play the exclusion game?

  20. How about a clock, me before coffee, anything creative and

  21. Even my grandmother can do that

  22. None
  23. Hmph.

  24. My mom started using IRC when she was in her

    40s, and she's gonna be a grandmother soon.
  25. None
  26. When you age-discriminate, you're part of the problem.

  27. Next time you want to make a generalization

  28. make sure it's actually relevant.

  29. Next time you want to make a joke

  30. make sure it's actually funny.

  31. You're smarter than that.

  32. Don't use the G word(s)

  33. Thanks! @a_meba