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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RE[4]: Hmh.
by WereCatf on Wed 30th May 2012 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Hmh."
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These are more matter of debates.


Breast-feeding first : it's a choice, not an obligation. Some mothers do it, and some don't.

I know some people do, some don't. Personally though I hold the view that one should breast-feed if possible.

I've recently heard something about its health benefits for the baby being overestimated (it would only have temporary effects, no long-term effects).

In the short term it protects the child from various kinds of illnesses; whatever viruses the father or mother may carry will eventually wound up their way into the child, too, but thanks to breast-feeding the mother transfers some of the antibodies to the baby, protecting him/her in the process. Atleast I view this as quite a big benefit; a sick child is never a good thing.

Secondly, about the long-term effects: there's more mental long-term effects than physical ones. Physical proximity helps the child feel more secure and aids child's mental development.

I'm pretty sure no one does it for so long here

Almost no one does it here either. Doesn't mean it's right anyways, or that I have to agree with them.

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RE[5]: Hmh.
by Neolander on Wed 30th May 2012 16:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmh."
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"I'm pretty sure no one does it for so long here"

Almost no one does it here either. Doesn't mean it's right anyways, or that I have to agree with them.

It is certainly your right to have your own opinion on those matters, but if you judge people based on standards that are pretty much impossible to meet, you're necessarily going to be fairly disappointed...

More to the point : don't you agree that your earlier analysis of the extent to which men can help with children is somewhat flawed, if it's based on a model of mother behaviour that most mothers do not follow ?

Edited 2012-05-30 17:03 UTC

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