Women in tech largely unfazed by men’s behavior

By Nellie Bowles

Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 2.21.55 PMThe women at San Francisco’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference for startups last week had every right to be angry.

First, one man onstage pretended to masturbate as part of the presentation for his app, Circle Shake. Soon after, two young men stepped on stage to announce another app, Titstare, accompanied by a slideshow with images of breasts.

And yet, while the blogosphere was afire with feminist critiques and harsh words for the presenters, many of the women who attended the conference weren’t really mad. Some of them even joined in the laughter that by all accounts filled the Concourse Exhibition Center during the performances.

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