Out of all the messages I got from my "Women in Tech" Listserve email, only one (!) was negative. Here's the message:
Women in Tech: you know where that never happens? The kitchen, laundry room, and bedroom.
Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
Is there a way to discuss this without letting my annoyance get in the way? These are some ridiculous replies I thought of:
Well, you're using Yahoo. Did you know that company is being led by a woman who has done wonders in tech?
That Android in your hand wouldn't exist in its present state without the help of women who weren't limited to the kitchen, laundry room, and bedroom.
Ever heard of Ada Lovelace?
How did you sign up for the Listserve, anyway?
You do realize that half of the human race is female, right?
It is domineering, mean men like you that make the world a bitter place.
Here is what my husband said: "A pooper will be a pooper."
Here's the mean email that I ended up writing. I thought I was over my initial anger, but maybe not:
Your poor mother and every other woman you've ever loved.
Have a great day anyway.
What would you have done? How can we discuss this in an open way?