Nearly three years ago, in a brainstorming meeting about future issues, we decided that we needed to write about gender. We opted not to do it straight away. There were other subjects to take care of first, and we wanted to do gender right. Publishing an issue about a fundamental but tricky topic is something we approached with enthusiasm and care. Now, at a time when gender in F/LOSS and the wider tech community is once again a hot topic, we feel ready to contribute to the discussion.
This issue tackles a broad range of issues relating to gender, its construction and its treatment in F/LOSS communities. We look at problems of representation and inclusion. Our contributors offer a variety of standpoints and opinions. They come from diverse backgrounds and, we think, bring new and exciting voices to a vital discussion.