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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It will never be fair.
by jefro on Mon 28th May 2012 19:39 UTC
jefro
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2007-04-13

Part of the issue is how we teach children. Young boys are put in games that require them to excel. It may be part of their dna even. We expect boys to be tougher than the other kid. Young girls are not under the same treatment. In fact they are either or both by dna and training in a different subset of rules.

One thing that did bother me about women in politics is that a lady running for VP tended to have comments about her dress more than her point of views on topics. Who ever said anything like that about a male politician?

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RE: It will never be fair.
by bertzzie on Tue 29th May 2012 07:00 in reply to "It will never be fair."
bertzzie Member since:
2011-01-26

To be fair, all male politician wear almost the same dress (suit + tie).

*i kid, i kid* ;)

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RE: It will never be fair.
by galvanash on Tue 29th May 2012 07:09 in reply to "It will never be fair."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Part of the issue is how we teach children. Young boys are put in games that require them to excel. It may be part of their dna even. We expect boys to be tougher than the other kid. Young girls are not under the same treatment. In fact they are either or both by dna and training in a different subset of rules.


Your right - It boils down to upbringing. I have daughters - I require them to excel. I expect them to be tougher that the other kid (not physically, but mentally). And for the most part both of them do and are. If you treat your daughter like a barbie doll and they grow up to be one should you be surprised???

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RE: It will never be fair.
by unclefester on Thu 31st May 2012 02:39 in reply to "It will never be fair."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Part of the issue is how we teach children.


Complete and utter nonsense. Masculinity and feminity are hardwired. Boys and girls are observed behave quite differently at just a few days old. eg baby girls make far more eye contact than baby boys.

Raisng boys as girls or vice versa has essentially no effect on long term outcomes.

Read The Blank Slate by sociobiologist Professor Steven Pinker for further enlightenment.

Edited 2012-05-31 02:40 UTC

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