I guess one could consider this affirmative action in one respect - I mean, TED has a history of underrepresenting women and it's nice they're trying to do something about that - but I'm dubious. I mean, if there are enough women speakers to fill a conference of their own, why are only 20% of speakers at the standard conferences women? Are women thinkers really only interesting if you separate them off into a niche category? And doesn't that attitude relegate the ideas of these women to the same category as 'chick flicks', women's studies groups and all the other things associated with women that have been sidelined into the non-mainstream-doesn't-matter-as-much niche?
Here's a novel concept, TED. How about you just include more women in your normal program? If they're interesting enough to talk at a women-focused conference, they're interesting enough to talk at the main one. And vice versa. So let's see some real representation, in a real way, instead of lip-servicing us into the corner over there where the men don't have to hear us talking.
Seems I'm not the only one that feels this way.
Meanwhile, still snotty, still at home, done with this now.
And I'm having trouble gaining study momentum. I missed the first two lectures last week and feel no desire to make the effort to catch up. I will, of course - but BLERGH.