The normalization of atrocious behavior is the first step of, and makes room for, more serious inappropriate actions like sexual harassment and assault. This needs to stop. Guys who replicate this culture to fit in and get status continue to perpetuate this behavior even after receiving power in a group.
Men in tech need to:
- Recognize how a culture of sexism makes tech inhospitable for women. This reduces the quality of innovation and creates societal harm.
- Repent our actions that have hurt others and actively and voluntarily apologize for them.
- Respect others struggles, strengths and weaknesses.
- Enable repartition of power — support, fund and empower women and people of color.