So, there’s the Bechdel test.
I’ve got another test that works just as well. The Sexy Lamp test. If you can take out a female character and replace her with a sexy lamp, YOU’RE A FUCKING HACK."
They do it in the full knowledge that they are being recklessly disingenuous. For this is the technology industry: there are more men in it because the male mind is, in general, better primed with the sorts of skills the industry values; men are simply better suited to most technology jobs.
Women therefore tend to work in roles that require finesse and communicative skills, where they pop up in this world at all. What is hard to understand about this, or offensive about pointing it out? The sexes are wired differently, and that’s perfectly fine."
No Milo, you’re absolutely fucking wrong. In fact, I’m wondering whether you even know what a “technology job” is. There is nothing offensive about you saying that women have exceptional communication skills; many men do too. But your implication that this skill doesn’t “pop up” in a technology job is idiotic. I remember when I managed the day-to-day operations of a lab full of engineers who all greatly valued my work, especially since we were collecting some of the first human subjects data on autonomous driving systems (you know, self-driving cars). There were instances where I had to translate emails between engineers in order to properly optimize the code for an eye-tracker, using my “finesse” in trouble-shooting machine behavior and analyzing human behavior. I’m the one who knew the code needed to be changed, without coding skills, because we were in the process of communicating the ideal behavior and functionality we wanted. And it just so happened that a female engineer knew exactly how to alter the code.
It was a Purdue computer engineering lab, so don’t even think this is an opportunity for you to insult my colleagues’ willingness to include women on their project. These were exceptional engineers, smart enough to know my skills in understanding what we produced, and I remember when they hired me. They decided that since it was such a high-stakes project, a safety project reliant on understanding the experiences of human beings who use technology, they needed to hire an experienced technician from the health sciences. And this also means that I analyzed data. Isn’t that math?
Also, you don’t know shit about sex differences. As a physiologist well-read in the sex differences literature, your understanding of “biological inevitability” comes from an uneducated stance and misses many points anyone tries to make in discussing the importance of including women in technology. Obviously there are anatomical and physiological differences between men and women, but those who try to push differences in our brains without considering its plasticity in response to environmental pressures (aka stereotypes) are ignorant. This is a topic that goes far beyond the fact that my labia majora is anatomically analogous to your fucking scrotum. It’s not that simple with brains. I might not code software, but I took a neural coding class. Interesting how similar information can come in such different packages. Unfortunately for your preference to work in a silo of men, you limit yourself.
Your article is antagonistic to everything that can make technology, the world, a better place. Do I have to give you examples of what men and women create together? Do I have to cite the oft-repeated research suggesting that diverse groups of men and women together produce better work and better ideas? If the traditionally-female nursing field wants more men to join their team, is it because they want more dick? No, since I’m also a nurse, I will say it’s because men make excellent nurses. They help doctors make better decisions just like women do. Smart women know what men are capable of, just as smart men know this about women.
A friend of mine, a software engineer, overheard her tech lead talking to her manager about how there are more and more women graduating with engineering degrees, and that meant competition for the remaining “good” engineers would get stiffer.
Attitudes like that are why there’s less women. Not because we’re less competent.
A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong.
One woman decides to get better at fighting games and gets ignored and awkwardly hit on (if not straight up creeped on) for her efforts.
“I don’t always have the energy to be The Example.” is the truest thing ever, but I have to go be The Example at work every day. The Only Girl On The Floor. It’s exhausting and it sucks.
Loving this poster from the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the program it promotes:
Recognizing sexist and homophobic language, realizing that it has an impact, encouraging students to choose different words, and giving them the skills to be active bystanders when they hear sexist and homophobic language: these are steps that each one of us can take to end gender-stereotypes, and to help end sexual violence.
I’d love for it to say “woman” instead of “girl”, but I’ll take it.
(via wilwheaton)Source: jaclynfriedman.com