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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As a member of a minority group myself
by darknexus on Tue 29th May 2012 00:30 UTC
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I must completely agree with Thom on this point. A woman I am not, however the group of people that I have the misfortune to be a part of (being blind) has its own set of stereotypes that I must overcome--stereotypes, I might add, that most of the group created *using* affirmative action laws. Understand this, reverse discrimination is still discrimination. It doesn't matter how you put it, what words you try to sugar coat it with, facts are facts. From first hand experience, I can certainly confirm that having affirmative action laws in place, for any group, only confirms the stereotypes and hurts everyone in the long run. The individual may get hired but he/she will know that they didn't deserve it, the business might be out the most skilled worker, and resentment spreads from there. You cannot overcome prejudices, of any kind, with laws nor can you stop discrimination by simply adding more of it into the mix.
To anyone who says affirmative action helps, I say you have no idea what you're talking about, and I'll wager you never once had to deal with it. Quite honestly, you people make me sick to my stomach, and this is one of the few attitudes people show that can genuinely piss me off. To all those with such a viewpoint: I don't need your help. I don't even fucking want it, you pompous jerk. I'll wager the same is true for most of those affected, be they women, men, blind, deaf, black, hispanic, etc. You're making it worse for all those affected every time you put one of your dumb ass laws into effect. </rant>
Ok, going to go have a smoke and calm down. Sorry for the strong language, but this topic hits extremely close to me.

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