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've completely misunderstood
by michaelt on Mon 28th May 2012 21:19 UTC
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You seem to have completely misunderstood the purpose of such a law. The point is not that women need help because they are inherently not as capable as men, the point is to overcome the rather pervasive prejudice against them in IT to showcase that they are, in fact, perfectly capable. Unfortunately, without such a law, they will not be given the chance. Women don't need help because they are incapable of doing the job as well as men, they need help to combat discrimination (which may not even be conscious, I will add). Let's face it, technology is a boys club, and it has nothing to do with ability.

Ensuring that women get into the workplace is the only way to eliminate preconceptions and prejudices, and encourage girls to pursue a career dominated by men without fear of being held back because of their gender.

So while I understand where you are coming from in this post, you've unfortunately completely missed the boat.

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radix Member since:

Okay, there's probably some discrimination. So let's replace informal discrimination with discrimination by law. If that doesn't work (still too little women), let's throw some more discrimination. After some time we may find out that there are simply less women interested in technology than men (as there are less male elementary school teachers than female).

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jgfenix Member since:

I think Thom understood it perfectly. And I think that he is completely right: quotes solve nothing

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JAlexoid Member since:

Let's face it, technology is a boys club, and it has nothing to do with ability.

It's quite a bit more than just "we don't want no stinking girls". When we accept women, they skip on giving feminine insights that a lot of tech needs.

See a very interesting talk:

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