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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by TheUnemployedITGuy on Thu 31st May 2012 11:45 UTC
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I was passed over for my chosen college despite I had a higher SAT score than a black man
I was passed over of a college scholarship because I wasn't Hispanic, and my parents made more money, even though they would not pay or help.
I was passed over for a job because I wasn't a woman despite the fact I was more qualified than she was.
I was passed over for promotion because I wasn't Asian despite I was a better worker, with more qualifications and experience.

I'm a white male and unemployed, and spent 20 years in IT working for the odd large companies. The gentlemen has a point. It is getting so much that if you are a white male, you are discriminated against. I'm just waiting for the order to 'get to the back of the bus' I know its coming sooner or later, despite having sunk over $20,000 of my money in Certs + an undisclosed amount for college having to pay all of it out of pocket. Despite that I do still love IT. But I have seen some fellow co-workers who never should have been hired in the first place. (She actually asked us what a floppy drive was.)
When the big lay off came, they kept her because she threatened a 'discrimination' lawsuit because she was a woman, and black.

I'm not the only one in this position because of 'affirmative actions' and I have no problems seeing the 'better talent' get the jobs. Its when a person with less talent, less training, and less common sense gets it because of Affirmative action, that was designed to 'fight' a discrimination that for the majority doesn't exist to begin with, its quite frustrating.

Edited 2012-05-31 11:48 UTC

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