Interesting read: "Free as in sexist?" Free culture and the gender gap Key points: "open" communities esp. susceptible to difficult ppl "freedom" & "openness" can be used to dismiss real concerns & rationalize gender gap as women's choice
I always thought the title of my 2013 article "Free as in Sexist?" was a violation of Betteridge's law of headlines; i.e., not so easily answerable with a "no."
"three possible causes: (a) some geek identities can be narrow and unappealing; (b) open communities are especially susceptible to difficult people; and, (c) the ideas of freedom and openness can be used to dismiss [...] the gender gap" #bropenscience