Dear Zennistrad and srhbutts, (No, I’m not making fun of her, her twitter handle actually has ‘butts’ in it, just roll with it)
This is a response to our earlier conversation where you asked me to clarify why TFYC’s contest wasn’t sexist and Intel’s was.
Sexism is judging someone based on their sex. Saying ‘this person is stupid because he’s a man or because she’s a woman’. Racism is… well, that, but with race instead of sex.
TFYC selected 5 women for its contest, but determined who it would fund based on the merit of the game presented (the contest required you make a concept and prototype). Is that sexist? Eh, maybe, but ultimately their decision laid in the merit of the game, so I don’t consider it such.
Intel is giving money to brand-new startups based entirely on sex and race. Correct me if I’m wrong (i could’ve missed something) but Intel has no guarantee about any of the start-ups they’re funding because they’re brand-new startups. And most small businesses fail within the first year. There is no reason at all to back these companies other than ‘they’re started up by women’ or ‘the owner is X race’
These two scenarios are *not the same thing*, as you two kept trying to say they are: one is based largely on merit, the other entirely on sex and race.
But that wasn’t even my point when I responded to Sarah’s original tweet – my point is that she was utterly dismissing the arguments that Intel’s move could be considered sexist/racist… even though Intel’s move is based entirely on sex and race.
Let me end with my own opinion on Intel’s ‘diversity movement’. I don’t really care if Intel decides to hand out cash to new start-ups – I actually think it’s a good idea, America needs more jobs. I’m annoyed that they want to limit it by race and gender (because it’s pretty blatantly a PR stunt), but at least they’re building groups up rather than tearing a different group down. My issue is with how Sarah chose to respond to critics of the move by dismissing the argument entirely.
PS. Also, as TVTokyoBen stated, TFYC has a completely different motive than Intel.