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*[https://twitter.com/#!/AdamBien/status/121720602267623424 Adam Bien pretends the joke was not sexist on Twitter]
 
*[https://twitter.com/#!/AdamBien/status/121720602267623424 Adam Bien pretends the joke was not sexist on Twitter]
 
*[https://plus.google.com/110635974610895095726/posts/fTygidL33cx Google+ exchange with members of the audience]
 
*[https://plus.google.com/110635974610895095726/posts/fTygidL33cx Google+ exchange with members of the audience]
*[http://www.parleys.com/#st=4&id=102979 Link to Parleys.com which has recording of this Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6 talk] - timestamp about 2:55
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*[http://www.parleys.com/#st=4&id=102979 Link to Parleys.com which has recording of this Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6 talk] - timestamp about 2:45, direct link http://www.parleys.com/#st=5&id=2661&sl=2
 
[[Category:Incidents]]
 
[[Category:Incidents]]

Revision as of 23:00, 21 October 2011


During a talk called "Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6" at JavaOne 2011, speaker Adam Bien showed a slide titled "Explain to an alien" (i.e. explain your project to someone who doesn't understand any of the context). He said "My first version of this was 'Explain it to a woman' but I got lots of criticism at the conferences (big laugh from the audience) and one talk was almost cancelled.. (more laughing) So I think “Explain it to an alien" is better.”

A female audience member asked him in the Q&A to apologize for the joke, and he did, but added "I was thinking of people who don't understand IT... My wife doesn't understand IT." In person and on Google+, male audience members complained to the woman who asked for the apology that she should "relax" and had made them "supremely uncomfortable."

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