Winer is an entertaining idiot, but imagine the burden of being cast when he was just a baby as the living embodiment of Charles Winer, the protagonist of a book called The Egghead Republic, by his insane German uncle Arno Schmidt.
Charles was an intrepid soul who made mad love, expertly, to female centaurs with luscious breasts.
Poor Dave never had a chance.
I missed the earlier controversy when Dave Winer theorized that programming is man's work. Winer mansplaining on the subject of women is a equal measures appalling and hilarious.
Ever since Dave Winer was lambasted about why there are so few women programmers he's seen himself as the 'voice' for gender problems from a man's view. He sees criticism of his opinions as simply people that can't handle his enlightenment of the topic. He sees himself as a brave voice fighting the good fight.
As usual, he's deluded, and because he's blocked or pissed off so many people, he's left only with those that enable him, or are too scared to disagree with him. And still, with even the mildest of criticism, he mentions his "comment guidelines".
Winer has totally marginalized himself, and yet it still pissed me off that he presents himself as the voice of the 'male gender'. Dave Winer being the voice of the male in gender discussions is like Tommy Lee being the voice for child care. He'd just a bitter old man with a loud voice. The more he's ignored the better.
Bora Zivkovic has admitted that the women are telling the truth, so that's not germane to this discussion.
If someone makes a false accusation and others have first-hand knowledge that would cast doubt on it, I have no problem with them speaking out.
But what I'm talking about in this post is when men close ranks around another man, apparently out of gender solidarity, when he's accused of sexual impropriety. Dave Winer and Andrew Maynard both said in defending Zivkovic that they didn't know him well personally and couldn't speak to whether the allegations were factual or not.
Yet they defended him anyway. Why?
HOw about when women falsely accuse?