Cookie of the Week* is an occasional series highlighting action in the geek community to fight sexism, in order to show that fighting sexism is possible and happening.
When Chad Whitacre announced on Twitter that he’d just released a new version of Testosterone, “the manly testing interface for Python,” a friend of his called him out, asking “what, exactly, makes it manly?”
After a brief, polite back-and fourth, Whitacre slept on it, and apologized.
Then he announced that he’s renamed his project. Here’s an excerpt:
really do want to encourage women in tech (I have three young daughters), and a project like testosterone does not do that. I remember being surprised to see a woman at PyCon 2011. I don’t have the data, but anecdotally I’m telling you there were LOTS more women at PyCon 2012. Let’s do more of that!
It is now assertEquals, “the epic testing interface for Python.”
If anyone’s wondering how to handle being called out on twitter: this right here is how you handle it.
So here’s your cookie, Mr. Whitacre:
Image description: a rectangular shortbread cookie with scalloped edges and the word “NICE” stamped into the middle.
Does anyone else have any cookies to spare this week?
* Disclaimer: cookies may not be baked weekly!