The Toughest Woman You Know Has Been Raped

I first met Alison Gianotto (Snipeyhead on Twitter) at a Macworld Expo many years ago. She was sitting in Dave’s, a divey (but wonderful) little bar near the Moscone Center. I saw this gorgeous redhead sitting there surrounded by geeks and thought, “Why is *she* here?”

Someone introduced us and I quickly realized, she was no one’s eye candy. Not only was she more than geeky enough to be in attendance, she was fiercely intelligent, funny and wasn’t taking shit from anyone, myself included. I liked her a lot.

We never got to really hang out much at Expo (I wasn’t in her Geek League) but always enjoyed the brief times I got to talk with her.

Over the weekend, she wrote on Twitter, “This was tough for me to write – please read…” What followed was a kick in the balls.

“The Toughest Woman You Know Has Been Raped”.

Read it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Tell your friends. And then go hug every woman you love.

2 thoughts on “The Toughest Woman You Know Has Been Raped”

  1. You’re incredibly kind, Shawn, but I promise you’re not out of my Geek League. I don’t have a geek league. I surround myself with smart people, so you were definitely on the guest list. 🙂 I wasn’t out that much at MacWorld because I was having some things go horrible wrong at work at the time (emergencies left and right), so I’d give my talk, walk back to the hotel, do a few hours of work, come back to Moscone to give my next talk, go back to the hotel to work some more, rinse and repeat.

    I’ll be speaking at MacIT in March 2014, and although I’ve a bone to pick with Dave’s from a visit a year or so ago, I hope you’ll join me there for a beer. 🙂

    Thank you for posting this. The number of emails, DMs and Facebook messages I’ve gotten in the past two days because of that post is utterly overwhelming – a little draining, to be honest – but amazing.

  2. “you were definitely on the guest list.”

    I know my limits. I’m just a Geek Party crasher. 🙂

    “MacIT in March 2014…I hope you’ll join me there for a beer.”

    See? That’s what I’m talking about. There’s no guy who would be more out of place at MacIT than ME. 🙂

    “because of that post is utterly overwhelming – a little draining, to be honest – but amazing.”

    Very much like you. Thanks for writing it.

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