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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"And if someone resents another person being hired or promoted above them and jumps to the conclusion that it's 'reverse sexism'"

I get your point. However considering how few females there are in the field, I find it almost humorous to think anyone holds much resentment towards them for taking away their carrier opportunities as a male. If every qualified female who wanted an IT job was given one, I doubt it'd make much of a dent in available jobs. (Maybe things are changing, but it was rare to have more than 2 females in any of my CS classes. Some CS classes had none at all.)

"Hey, a great number of men get hired over more experienced or qualified men too. We should address the problems of nepotism and favouritism"

I've witnessed alot of this. More often than not the person with connections will automatically win out over others just because of the connections. Occasionally I've even been the benefactor of this policy (even if only for small clients).

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