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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RE[4]: Hmh.
by Erunno on Wed 30th May 2012 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hmh."
Erunno
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while she was on leave I was paying $1450/month to continue our cobra health plan that her job stopped covering while she was on leave.


Wow, I say it with utmost sincerity that reading this sends shivers down my spine. It reminds me how thankful I should be for having general ("socialist") health care. I'm having a hard time imagining not being able to go to a physician or any other specialist whenever I'm not feeling well because I would have to worry how to pay for it.

She didn't want to go back to work


There are also enough mothers who don't want to be stuck with an infant for years all day long. As much as it runs contrary to the widely propagated image of mother and child living in happy bliss together, I've met (and read about) mothers who were on the verge of snapping after some time when your whole day consists of cleaning up shit, cooking, washing and otherwise having to entertain a living being which is on the intellectual level of an amoeba. Make no mistake, I love children but they are not very intellectually stimulating in the first stages of their live. Even worse, the only topic everybody else wants to talk about with you is your child, as if you didn't have other interests before giving birth. I remember a young mother which I knew a couple of years ago who was so immensely thankful to me because I regularly had some small talk with her about movies, books and other general topics.

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