I’m sure glad that Dave Winer invented RSS. After all, if he hadn’t, I might not have spotted the completely missing-the-point response that he posted to my questioning of his comments on BlogHer. Why might I not have spotted it? Because, as he commonly does when he gets things wrong, he removed the post without any explanation.
However, Dave DID invent RSS (apparently), so I still have a copy of his post in my feed reader. For your reading pleasure, here it is:
I suppose it’s predictable that I get some negative comments on my thoughts re BlogHer, and it’s totally predictable that they come from a man. Our conditioning says that women are insulted by compliments. I’m sure there are some that don’t like to hear they’re attractive, but I can’t say I’ve ever met one. All those wasted years thinking it was rude to say a woman looks nice!
If you’ve ever seen the immortal rock spoof "Bad News" you might be reminded of the scene where the lead singer is accused of being sexist, and, looking befuddled, replies "what’s wrong with being sexy?"
Dave, of course it was predicable that you’d get "negative comments": You sounded like a patronizing sexist old hippy. If you don’t understand that saying things like "which means I don’t have to explain what blogging is" – like you have to when you meet "ordinary" women – is patronizing, then you have no business attending any conference designed to focus on what women are doing with technology.
If you have no idea that repeating, over and over again, how "sexy", "beautiful", "flirty" everyone is at what’s fundamentally a tech conference is sexist and patronizing – as well as making you sound like an old letcher – then, again, you should not be allowed near a women’s conference. Dave, next time you go to a regular geek conference, try devoting the same percentage of your report to the appearance of the men there and PERHAPS you’ll get why your comments were sexist shit of the highest order.
Also, Dave, I suggest you look up a definition of the word "unctuousness" (Tara Hunt can help you out). Because it’s a quality that you’re demonstrating by the barrel load.