Since I happen to want to contribute to the "fediverse" project, and in a few days I will take advantage of the Christmas holidays to put up a pod, I happen to have a deja-vu. Deja-vu is what I've always had, ever since I started working in the IT world.
For any technology, there is an "early adoption" phase, where there are so-called "pioneers". At this moment, the "fediverse" contains about 4 million users.
For the uninitiated, "fediverse" is a term that identifies a network of small "social networks" that federate together. It means that instead of just being an entity like Facebook, or Twitter, to manage a social network, it is made up of the federation of many small social networks, and in the end the overall functionality (seen from the user point of view) is that of a Facebook, or a Twitter.
In short, from the point you are a user you have entered a social network. From the infrastructure point of view, this is not a single centralized monster that is located in the US (and tries to suppress democracy), but it is a swarm of servers, managed by people and companies here and there for the internet. , which connect to each other.
Now, we can believe or not that the idea will be successful or not, (lately it seems that Twitter wants to support it: we'll see), but from the point of view of those who enter it there is a feeling of deja-vu.
They are all male, or almost. Of course, if you go to the GAB pod, you will also find us females (in this the right ones have always been more modern), and the same is true for the GLBT pods, but in the end the feeling is that all the geeks in play are male , and almost all contributing users are male.
It's not an old feeling. In "pioneering" times, when computer science was "men's stuff", the feeling was identical. After a few years, the ladies come out and say "hey, but there is no 50% of women! Machismo ".
Now let's make a hypothesis. Suppose that the "fediverse" as it is now becomes the new Facebook. The next big thing. Of course, what would happen is that immediately someone would notice one thing: that almost all the pods are managed and built by men, and that almost all the most experienced and followed users are men. Because that's the current situation.
Of course, a doubling of the number of pods would be welcome, and also a doubling of the number of users. Of the fairer sex. There is no technological barrier that prevents you from doing so. None. Put on your pod and it will automatically be fed.
THERE ARE NO EXCUSES.
And that's not because someone banished women. It is due to the fact that they seem absent in the "pioneering" phase of these technologies. So if, unfortunately, decentralized networks become the next big thing, when someone asks "why are there no women?" The answer will not be "male chauvinism", but simply that "who was not there will not be '".
Because you can't pretend to be 50% when there is flab, and to keep males moving forward when something is still pioneering (and could even end up in nothing). It seems to me, honestly, a situation in which the fools go on, and if luckily then it turns out that there is good flab, then the women arrive and ask "but where is our goal?"
The correct answer should be: you are not there because you were not there. If you are not there when you sow, you are not there when you reap. Is simple.
Now, there is no one who forbids a woman to make herself, out of passion and in self-hosting, a Hubzilla pod, or Mastodon pod, or GNUsocial pod, or anything. But it doesn't happen. If, unfortunately, it took a good turn, I am already prepared for complaints "but fediverse is just a man's stuff". Already'.
It is because the little princesses kept themselves carefully off when it was a tiring and pioneering thing, but I am convinced that they will show up to collect their goal if, unfortunately, it took hold. The fools sow, the crafty ones gather.
Since there is a lot of talk about the male culture that has to change, I would also like to understand if by chance the female culture should not improve for a moment.
Feminists continue to measure female presence as female presence in "top" roles: how many women general, how many women minister, how many women at the top of the top. Since they always focus on the beautiful and comfortable positions, they are never found when there is to build the pyramid: they are only found when there is to decide how many women are at the top. But the pyramid reaches a summit after years and years of work. Hard work. But since the summit does not yet exist, women are rarely seen working.
And that's what I'm seeing in the Fediverse case. Now that there is the least comfortable part, when many volunteers have to spend two lire and sacrifice their free time, women don't see each other. The pods are almost all run by men, created by men. At their expense and their time. (with the only exception of gab.com, but it's a different matter). The software (some bad ones) are almost all written by male volunteers. It would be nice to double the number of software. It is Open Source. There is no barrier to entry. But women are scarce.
It is the difficult part. It is the base of the pyramid. There is no summit to discuss quotas. In this part we are only us fools, the males. When we get to the top, then the feminists will come to cry who don't have half of the top. And this is the damage of feminist culture: only how many women are at the top. Never how many worked on the base.
When the newspapers begin to write that fediverse is an important thing, they will show up en masse shouting "hey, but all the most popular pods are managed by maniiiii. Badriagadooo !! Vemminigidio !!! ". But today there are none.
In this case, the answer is "well, put on your pod and don't break the uallera". Because the fediverse is made by the pods that people turn, and there is no barrier to entry.
But the annoying thing is the sense of deja-vu. The sense of deja-vu of being, in the 80s and 90s, the only fools (and often derided) who played with computers and in the end helped to build what is now. And we were all boys, young ladies, because in the early days of BBS there was ONE sysop that made your BBS run. ONE.
But when it started getting flab, they all gave us male chauvinists because there weren't any women.
And now I see the same thing happening. Something new is happening. And like all pioneering things, it needs time and dedication to grow. Four million users are few for a social network. But coincidentally, where are the women now?
To show your ass on Instagram hoping to become an "influencer".
And if tomorrow, fortunately, the Fediverse should "break through", then they will remove the thong, put on Nerd glasses, a nice false-toothed device, and come crashing down because the Fediverse is made only by males.
This is the annoying part of the Fediverse's birth.
That, as usual, those who are pioneers are all, or almost, males.
But if, unfortunately, we manage to do what we want, the females will come immediately to ask for their half of the cake. Exactly the cake they did NOT help to cook.
A scene, I said, already seen.
I just hope that, due to the nature of the Fediverse, when they say "but you keep us out", the answer will be: "nobody can keep someone out of the Fediverse: move your ass and create your pod".
And explain where the fuck you are today, that there is the hard part to do.