Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Mar 2014 17:46 UTC
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The big story over the weekend.

The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology.

GitHub's response:

We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer. The founder’s wife discussed in the media reports has never had hiring or firing power at GitHub and will no longer be permitted in the office.

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RE[5]: A fine example...
by Kochise on Thu 20th Mar 2014 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: A fine example..."
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

Don't make a specification for IT, men are nasty toward women not just in IT.

The french short was nice, but we see that the behavioral of the man doesn't fits him. So do girls' depicted behavioral. So in fact this is an evidence there are differences.

What's your option to get everyone working hand-in-hand ?

Kochise

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RE[6]: A fine example...
by jal_ on Thu 20th Mar 2014 17:44 in reply to "RE[5]: A fine example..."
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Don't make a specification for IT, men are nasty toward women not just in IT.

Absolutely true. It's a problem everywhere. But IT seems to be an especially vicious place, somehow.

The french short was nice, but we see that the behavioral of the man doesn't fits him. So do girls' depicted behavioral. So in fact this is an evidence there are differences.

Well, "doesn't fit him" is compared to current cultural stereotype. If we brought up our sons like our daughters, and vice-versa, I'm not sure you wouldn't end up with something like that.

What's your option to get everyone working hand-in-hand?

Cultural change. We must stop dividing the conceptual space into men and women, boys and girls. There's too much overlap to justify that. Also, make men aware what they are doing when they tell a sexist joke they know can be overheard by a female collegue, or make advances towards a female co-worker. Similar to the campaign in Canada, that told men what is rape, and what is consent, and had rape numbers drop. Thus we can also educate men to stop being assholes, and eventually with a different mindset we can call out the truely vile mysoginists. But these will be slow changes. But we must start somewhere.

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RE[7]: A fine example...
by Kochise on Fri 21st Mar 2014 07:47 in reply to "RE[6]: A fine example..."
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Gender theory applied ?

Kochise

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