In what I think is a pretty "interesting" turn of events, Dave Winer is now accusing those who criticised his description of Blogher of "gender bashing"him:
Liz, it’s time to bend over backwards to create safety for men to speak on this subject. Many of your colleagues are already doing this. There are still a few standouts, and you are one of them. No more gender-bashing, lecturing and name-calling, and no more tolerance for that. I will consider what you have said. Now it would be great if you would do the same.
It’s worth reminding ourselves about how Dave described BlogHer:
beautiful babes, but not like like booth bimbos, more like Thelma and
Louise. So you got a great ratio, and they’re smart and driven, but
that’s not all — they’re also bloggers! Which means I don’t have to
explain what blogging is.
Dave, choosing to concentrate on how the women look at a technology conference is a form of gender bashing. It’s saying "the most important thing about a woman is her appearance, no matter what the context".
"Respectful discourse on gender", something that you request, doesn’t start with labelling women according to their appearance.