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When software offends: The Pantyshot package controversy

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When an open source software package with the name Pantyshot appeared on The Python Package Index (aka “The Cheese Shop”) it started a controversy around names, censorship and gender in the open source software community. Things got complicated when it was revealed that one of its primary authors was a woman.

It began with the post, Childish Behavior by Steve Holden, chairman of the Python Software Foundation. Well, the controversy technically didn’t begin there, but it’s where Holden describes the unusual situation the PySf Board found themselves in when someone wrote the Board asking if they thought a package called Pantyshot - using a MarkDown parser called Upskirt - was offensively named, and if they should do something about it.

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