I thought "gender inclusivity" meant more apps about boobies?
September 9, 2013 10:14 AM Subscribe
TechCrunch Disrupt Kicks Off with "Titstare" App and Fake MasturbationFrom Amy Gray at The Guardian
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: Over the weekend at the Techcrunch Disrupt hackathon in San Francisco, Australian duo Jethro Botts and David Boulton jumped on stage to present Titstare, an app that lets you "stare at tits". As they presented their project in under 60 seconds, the audience laughed at the numerous tit-related puns.
Later, software developer Kangmo Kim jumped on stage to show CircleShake, a game app that measures how much someone can shake a phone within 10 seconds. The best way to display this was to simulate masturbation. The audience found it hilarious. “We merged technology and humanity”, Kim told the audience after groaning.
TechCrunch's editors responded
: "Today’s issues resulted from a failure to properly screen our hackathons for inappropriate content ahead of time and establish clear guidelines for these submissions." However, as Gray points out, the Circle Shake pitch video
makes it very clear what it is.
There is a long
, long history of blatant sexism and harassment
of women at tech conferences (and the tech industry as a whole). Each incident engenders a new round of handwringing
but little seems to change -- a fact that TechCrunch's editors inadvertently illustrated in their post. "Sexism is a major problem
in the tech industry, and we’ve worked hard to counteract it in our coverage and in our own hiring," they wrote. Their link is to a story about women leaving the sciences that's five years old.