LADs and GALs was Re: [Consortium] linuxaudio abbreviation
m at iriXx.org
Thu Jan 29 11:13:10 EST 2004
Brian Thomson wrote:
>Another suggested abbreviation for Linux Audio Developers: LAUD.
>As in "Oh, LAUD, why isn't this bloody thing working?!?" 8-/
cool idea... its also a word for 'praise' as in Laud and honor.... in
old hymn songs.
and its a bit like 'luid' which is loud in Dutch - 'geluid' meaning
back to the word 'LAD'... it is actually a type of offensive, male
chauvinist youth in England - thats the definition of the word in its
modern usage. laddishness is the beer-swilling, foul mouthed type that
has a contempt of women or a tendency to treat them as an object. GAL
isnt much different i'm afraid, it still implies a little girl with not
when i first joined LAD i found it very difficult to fit in, as a woman.
some of you may remember the moment when i switched to using the name
'iriXx' instead of my real name, miriam, and got instant respect - the
attitude and replies to my posts changed overnight. this is the reality
of being a woman in the computer world. but what was even funnier was
the day i outed myself, by correcting someone that iriXx was a 'she',
not a 'he'. you could have heard a pin drop.
for a long time i felt it was LAD by name, LAD by nature. there are few
women on the list, and all of us who have been there have found it
difficult to get in to the group. i'm sure this is unintentional - but
changing the name would help an awful lot in removing this image.
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