Posted by: Jeremy Akers
on October 01, 2007 04:54 AM
Let's see, you said:
"She's ruling out a Linux distro for women a priori, as something that could NEVER possibly have appeal to ANY woman."
And your 'evidence' of this is, as quoted from the article:
"We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux."
Now, maybe I'm blind, but no-where in that quote do I see a reference to such a distro having, or not having, appeal to women. She said we should spare the world another useless distro. You are essentially putting words in the author's mouth here.
And your evidence of a strawman argument:
"Pink butterfly themes? Shopping calculators? Does that sound insulting? It should."
You've got to be kidding, right? Asking what this distro might include, and offering sarcastic suggestions is not sufficient evidence of a strawman argument. In order for it to be strawman, she has to misrepresent the opponents position. In order to prove that, you would need to compare what the author of this article argued against, to the original proposed reasons for creating such a distro. It's possible it is a strawman argument, but there's no way to know that without seeing the original proposal. Your argument that her argument is strawman is no less of a strawman itself.
"Well, let's see here, I was commenting on her statement that it could not possibly make sense to have a distro for women."
She never once stated that it could not possibly make sense. She offers arguments against the idea.
"She provided no evidence for that opinion."
An opinion she never stated? I wonder why she offered no evidence?
"I don't need to offer evidence, she does."
She did, I even quoted it for your convenience in my last post. Did you fail to read that too?
"As for the rest of your comment, it is rubbish, and I don't have time to waste responding to it."
HAHA, the only thing you didn't respond to was me pointing out that she never even mentioned voting rights in her article. That's rubbish huh, and you had time to respond to every thing else? Yet you don't have time to show me where she mentions women's voting rights?