by Greg Krehbiel on 8 April 2014
BBC asks How can Wikipedia woo women editors?
There’s nothing wrong with trying to get more women editors, but whenever I hear about stories like this there seems to be an underlying assumption — that unless there is absolute parity in representation, something must be wrong.
Women, men, whites, blacks, straight, gay … whatever demographic you choose … has to be proportionately represented in every conceivable slice of society. Anything less than that shows some sort of discrimination and is an opportunity for some kind of effort (or even legislation) to “fix” it.
Wikipedia purports to capture the sum of the world’s knowledge, … But “it’s not accurate to call it the world’s knowledge if it’s just half the population’s knowledge,” she says.
Right. Because “knowledge” is a sex-specific thing. If a man knows something about topic A, we need a woman to give her perspective to balance it out.
That’s rubbish, but it lies behind a lot of what people worry about these days.
-- 2014-04-08 » Greg Krehbiel