09/09/13 | Uncategorized

Really, I Have to Write This Article Again?

TechCrunch let hackathon presenters talk about boobs and masturbation (then apologized). Here are just some of the mind-blowing innovations we’d rather discuss.

By Shaherose Charania (CEO & Co-founder, Women 2.0) 

Let’s kick this post off with a confession — at Women 2.0 we’re a little bored.

We’re a little bored of being excited about learning about cool new startups, fresh trends and bold ideas at the latest conference, only to end up talking about how to host a female-friendly event and the inappropriateness of discussing anatomy outside of a doctor’s office.

We’re a little bored of the whole (justified but incredibly repetitive) outrage, the encouraging calls for sensitivity and collaboration, and the crush of disappointment once again.

The Media isn’t just media — i.e. means to spread information from one person to another — it’s also a megaphone. What companies choose to cover (and allow on stage at their events) suggests the topics of public discussion, subtly sets norms and amplifies small subsets of the culture.

Sadly, thanks to TechCrunch’s shameful decision making, we’re now talking about something called Titshare when technology offers us so many other world-changing topics to discuss. What would we be rather be writing about?

The list goes on. Tech innovation – driven by men or women – has the ability to change the world and blow our collective minds. We’re building a new world together, and building it right means that everyone has the ability to participate fully in the transformation. 

Discussions of gender are obviously still relevant, but I for one am getting tired of them. Wouldn’t it be great if we could nail down the “women as objects” thing and move on – no, move UP – to thinking about how to make buildings that eat smog, mine asteroids or use genetics to cure some cancers utilizing the full talents of both genders? Our role here at Women 2.0 is to highlight awesomeness we find in tech and I want to keep it that way.

What’s your reaction to the news out of TC Disrupt?

Image credit: Cheryl Colan via Flickr.

4e31d586b69b7a63066e5b6ab9d3008fShaherose Charania is the co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0. She is passionate about open innovation in mobile and telephony startups. Follow her on Twitter at @shaherose.



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