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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Do we REALLY want to calculate to the nth degree who was in the wrong? Because affirmative action is just one in a long list of attempts at corrective action, which is what I think we really want in the end. Two wrongs don't make a right, but affirmative action is like the billionth and something wrong.

To say that affirmative action is the second wrong looks to be picking a point in random conveniently at the point of one's own concerns rather than what's important for society as a whole...

Ok, let me rephrase it then. Affirmative action is just another wrong in a long list of wrongs. And two (or three, or four...) wrongs don't make a right.

Oh, and what are those concerns that I apparently have? Because that sounds strangely similar to most replys I get (from people who don't even know what I do for a living) when I say homeopathy doesn't have any scientific basis: they insinuate I must work for a pharmaceutical company, and I "obviously" don't want to bite the hand that feeds me. But maybe you just know more about me (and my secret agenda) than I do?

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