By this time, I’m sure you’ve seen it. I also know that some of you are sick of talking about it. But, if we want things to get better, we have to have action.
Yes, I’m talking about the picture from the Nutanix party. The one with the women in the bikinis on the Next-branded ferris wheel. When I saw it, it literally took the wind out of my sails. I had a long, difficult day and seeing such a classic text-book example of objectification was just soul-crushing. The only bright spot was the fact that the men were the ones leading the conversation, they are the ones who called it out. This is the first time I can remember that the conversation was started by our community’s men.
Thank y’all, sincerely.
After tweeting about my planned career change to farming, I went to bed. The next day I texted my good friend Amy Price, who works there now. I have given her hell for going to work for “the mean girls”. I asked her what the heck was up with their party??!! Amy’s a lot like me, she doesn’t suffer fools well. I knew she’d tell it to me like it was. And the real story started to unravel.
The real story is not mine to tell. You can hear it yourself from Julie O’Brien tonight on the A Current Status podcast. She’s the executive responsible for the party . She wrote a blog post with an apology, but many people didn’t seem to accept it. Was it because this is the third offence from Nutanix? Was it because it was coming from the mean girls? Was it because of competitive reasons?
Let’s get beyond who did it. Let’s get to the why. Let’s get to a place we can have discussions about this. This is a community discussion. The men of our community who were at the conference as customers and analysts started this discussion. The people working at Nutanix, “the mean girls”, are part of our community and should be part of this and other discussions.
Let’s solve this as a community. We just need the right channel to do it. Interested in helping us build it? Leave a note in the comments, or email me.