Neville Park is a queer mixie nerd in Toronto. This post originally appeared at Wild Unicorn Herd.
Background: Drupal is a kind of CMS (content management system); itâ€™s a particularly powerful and versatile platform for building and managing websites. It is free and open source, which means that you donâ€™t have to pay to use it, and anyone can help work on it. Thereâ€™s a very large and international community of people who use and work on Drupal, and like the wider tech community, itâ€™s dominated by white straight cis men. Open Source people, and Drupal people in particular, pride themselves on having a â€œdoacracyâ€â€”a community that values getting stuff done above traditional authority. This could create a beginner-friendly, non-hierarchical environment of subversion and experimentation. In practice we just have white straight cis men getting SUPER DEFENSIVE at the suggestion that maybe they got where they are not only by the sweat of their brow, and shouting down any mention of patriarchy, racism, or any other systemic oppression when people run the numbers and get to wondering why thereâ€™s so little minority representation in Open Source.
There is a nice summary of the podcast at the link, and my transcript is below the fold. Iâ€™ve added links to give context to some of the references Jack and the interviewer make.