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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two points about discrimination
by TechGeek on Tue 29th May 2012 04:13 UTC
TechGeek
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2006-01-14

I have two other points about discrimination. First, a Princeton researcher recently did a study looking at college admissions practices across the country. At most colleges, you get a + for belonging to certain groups. The more +'s you have, the better chance you have of getting in. In the end, the study found that low income white males are at the bottom of the list when it comes to admissions.

Second, lets look at nursing. Nursing is a career that pays well, is in high demand, and dominated (90+%) by women. And yet we see absolutely no movements by any groups to promote men in this field. Why? Maybe because its generally accepted that the career appeals to women more than men? I don't see any real barrier to entry, just like women in IT. So why is there such a difference in attitude?

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Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Because, obviously, there's no such thing as discrimination against men.

At least that's what the local feministas say in response to reports that men may be victims of domestic violence. Under Philippine law, only women and children could ever be victims of DV (cf. Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Law). The original bill was worded to be gender-neutral, but it didn't pass on the premise that allowing men to considered as victims would mean that women would be falsely accused of being abusive. Which is funny, since the "women and children only" definition means that men claiming to be abused (by women) are automatically suspected of being the real abuser.

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