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Pot calling kettle black: Female sexting app developer denounces sex-obsessed tech men

April 9, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

The New York Times ran a sob story last weekend about a woman who quit tech because she was shocked, shocked by the gross behavior of men in tech:

“Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged.

“She was at a friend’s house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone. Entrepreneurs were showing off their products, and two young Australian men, David Boulton and Jethro Batts, stood behind the podium to give their presentation. ‘Titstare is an app where you take photos of yourself staring at tits,’ Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women’s chests on a cellphone flashed on the screen behind him….

“Then things got worse. The next day, Pax Dickinson, who was her business partner in a start-up called Glimpse Labs, as well as the chief technology officer of the news site Business Insider, took to Twitter to defend the Titstare pair against accusations of misogyny….

“A few days after Mr. Dickinson’s ‘It is not misogyny’ tweet, she quit Glimpse.”

Well, well, it turns out, as conservative blogger Steve Sailer points out, that Shevinsky was scarcely the naive tech nerd that she presented herself as. Glimpse is a Snapchat-like app whose main function (granted, it must have some other functions) is to facilitate sexting.

The Glimpse app assures women who would like to send guys photographs of their chests (or other bodily regions) that those photos won’t be passed around.

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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