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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What, and us males don't get special help by the prevalence of precognitive bias for males in technical roles?

I don't know about you, but I don't feel threatened by correcting for precognitive bias against women.

"Us"? I don't know about you, but I've always worked very hard, even in my free time, to be good at what I do. I've never felt like I was underqualified for any job I've had, so I don't have any reason to believe that I've received special help. If I knew there's someone better suited than me for a job, but I'm getting it because of someone doing me a favour, I would reject it. And I don't want to sound arrogant, but I've never felt threatened by anyone, male or female. That's one of the good sides of being semi-obsessed with your career, I guess.

My problem with affirmative action is exactly what Thom (and others) already said. That's all. It doesn't have anything to do with the fact that I am not a woman. I do have a sister, nieces, and maybe I'll have a daughter one day, so, I'd have to be very stupid, selfish and short-sighted to oppose to it just because it made me feel "threatened", or because it doesn't directly benefit myself. Every time I read or hear something along the lines of "oh, you just say it because you are not a woman/black/whatever", it makes me feel like I'm back in elementary school. I'm better than that, and I hope you're too. For instance, I don't like tattoos or piercings, but I really, really hate it when tattooed/pierced people get discriminated. And, of course, I would be against banning tattoo shops, and against affirmative action too.

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