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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You can't possibly be serious in arguing that this is the same thing.

I am. Does it matter whether the difference in SAT scores are caused by genetic or societal factors? It's still the same thing - you positively discriminate some group of people because of their lower performance.

Males and females have different physical characteristics. Do you honestly think that your average female can does as many pushups as your average male? (Note that I said AVERAGE, of course there are exceptions to this.)

Can't argue with that. However, army is not about averages, top 10% or whatever. Admission tests are there to test that you can perform to some certain level in combat situations where it doesn't matter if you are man, woman, black, eskimo etc. Performance is all that matters.

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