Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th May 2012 19:25 UTC
In the News This topic comes up quite a lot on technology websites, but I generally try to steer clear from it as much as possible, since I'm not the one to talk about it (you know, with me being a man and all that), however, I feel it might be a good idea to just get my opinion out there and be done with it. The topic of women in IT is a hot-button issue, so let me just go out guns blazing: assuming women need special treatment, help, protection, and affirmative action is just as insulting and degrading as outright claiming women have no place in IT - maybe even more so.
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Your premise is completely wrong
by lindkvis on Mon 28th May 2012 20:01 UTC
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2006-11-21

... and your whole argument is built upon this fallacy:
that affirmative action or female quotas are about giving women special treatment because they aren't as capable.

This is not the case. It is about combating the current outright bias and bigotry among the men that decide upon promotions and employment in the IT industry. Only when women are well represented in tech industries will they get a properly fair chance.

Now, even if you disagree, your argument is still flawed, because you completely fail to discuss the reasons for quotas and affirmative action, but just take it as fact that it is about capability.

Shame on you.

Edit: You really need to read this:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowes...

Edited 2012-05-28 20:03 UTC

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