Linus Torvalds, the creator and leader of the Linux kernel, had this to say about the push for “diversity” in tech:
"The most important part of open source is that you can do what you're good at" – Linus Torvalds #lca2015
— Fraser Tweedale (@hackuador) January 15, 2015
— charles aymard (@aymard_charles) January 15, 2015
Torvalds was attacked by feminists for saying that individual contributions and technical skills matter. Rather than stand firm, Torvalds wrote to Ars Technica to “explain what he really meant”, just like Scott Aaronson did (and similar to Matt Taylor’s crying apology over his shirt). We have seen with GNOME and Mozilla that feminism is toxic for the survival of open source projects. What Torvalds has done puts the Linux kernel in peril.
Here’s a piece of advice to the future Linus Torvalds, Scott Aaronsons, and Matt Taylors out there. If you run into trouble with feminism, your apologies or explanations on what you really meant don’t matter to them so don’t bother. Stand up to them. Feminists may generate problems for you if you do that, but trying to “apologize” or “explain yourself” will lead to the exact same thing. Since the result is the same you should stand up to the feminist bullies. When Scott Aaronson tried to “explain himself”, he was still compared to Elliot Rodger. If you’re a man working in tech, feminists are out to get you regardless of what you say or do, so the only sensible option is to fight them.