Titstare

Titstare is a fictional mobile application centred on pictures of men staring at women and their breasts.wikipedia
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It was introduced at a 2013 hackathon at TechCrunch's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, California. TechCrunch, a technology news website, was established in 2005 and acquired by internet giant AOL in September 2010.
A scandal erupted over the Titstare application, created by participants in a hackathon at Disrupt 2013.

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Titstare is a fictional mobile application centred on pictures of men staring at women and their breasts.

Hackathon

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It was introduced at a 2013 hackathon at TechCrunch's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, California.

Sexism

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Titstare became the subject of public controversy, described by some as symptomatic of sexist attitudes in Silicon Valley's startup culture, and others as brilliant satire.

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Titstare became the subject of public controversy, described by some as symptomatic of sexist attitudes in Silicon Valley's startup culture, and others as brilliant satire.

Misogyny

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Conference organizers later apologized for the "misogynistic" presentation.

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TechCrunch, a technology news website, was established in 2005 and acquired by internet giant AOL in September 2010.

Brogrammer

While some considered the product and the presentation to be humorous satire, Titstare was accused of adding to the institutionalized sexism, known as brogrammer culture, in the American tech industry.

Consent

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Response was immediate and primarily negative; journalist Abby Ohlheiser wrote that the app's intent, the agglomeration of photos of men staring at partially clothed female cleavage, effectively trivialized the right of women to consent.

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After he defended the app against allegations of misogyny on Twitter, Business Insider Chief technology officer Pax Dickinson was forced to resign.

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After he defended the app against allegations of misogyny on Twitter, Business Insider Chief technology officer Pax Dickinson was forced to resign.

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Dickinson later wrote an apology, which was published on VentureBeat.

Twitter

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Much of the criticism appeared on Twitter, with one representative tweet stating, "There goes my attempt to teach my 9 [year old] girl how welcoming tech industry is to women."

The Guardian

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Commenting on the affair in The Guardian, journalist Amy Gray faulted conference organizers, whom she presumed knew about the content of presentations beforehand based upon mandatory pre-convention uploads of personal and project information.

Meritocracy

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Gray felt the Titstare affair emblematic of a duality in the tech world, which was on the one hand perfectly meritocratic in theory, while in practice being an industry which "runs on privilege, with sexist and juvenile behaviour based on gender stereotypes being routinely displayed".

Alexia Bonatsos

Alexia Tsotsis said that the presenters did not list the name of their app.

Sexism in the technology industry

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In September 2013, an application called Titstare made its debut at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.