Tuesday, September 1, 1998

Brave new world or same old crap?

I'm apparently not the only one who has a problem with this. Visit http://www.wired.com/news/news/email/tip/culture/story/14585.html for an interesting article on the topic. The article quotes the CEO of New World Technologies, Jonathan Glaser, as saying that there's a "category of people who find it inappropriate."

One wonders what this "category of people" is. Is it the women who are tired of being dissed that find it inappropriate? From discussions I've had with some of our authors (male and female), I also know there was a big uproar about this on the PalmPilot listserv. I'd give you the URL to go check it out, but it appears that references to this topic didn't make into the archive.

I'm aware that Brave Palm is positioned as a "lifestyle" type publication and that the Palm organizers are applicable to a wonderful array of activities outside the business world. But I also happen to know that according to numbers we brought home from the Palm Developer Conference last year, 61% of PalmPilot users are professional people. A lot of those people are women. I know I speak for a number of them when I say we don't want to be sold to in this way.

In an essay about sexual harassment in her book, Miss Manners Rescues Civilization, Judith Martin says, "Gestures that call attention to the gender of some workers