The people over at Sqoot have pulled off a classy move with the promotional materials for their tech event, advertising it as featuring “everything awesome”—including massage, top-shelf booze and women.
We hopped over to investigate and asked their live chat about it.
Still insanely hoping for a world in which the idea of women being represented at a tech event isn’t a joke, ourselves.
You’d be surprised at how some guys in tech think it’s okay to make women at tech events out to be some sort of incentive (like “top shelf booze”) or a sideshow display.
Regardless of whether it’s a “joke” or not, if you advertise women as an incentive, your audience will have expectations of those women - and that can be a precursor to sexual abuse. Even if it doesn’t come to that, at the very least you managed to make someone feel small and like they do not belong.