Perl is definitely a chick language. Why do you think I decided to learn it? Now, browsing the web and finding web sites to talk about a programming language is definitely something women don't tend to do.
Because most women don't hang out in a monastery to pick up cute guys? :)
Seriously though, why do you you people think that females are so underrepresented in the IT field in general?
A friend of mine (who happens to be a female) went to school to get an engineering degree. Of the two schools she attended, IIRC she was the only female engineering student that one of the colleges had ever seen, and was one of the first at the other school. She said the only thing that she disliked about the experience is that (and I'm paraphrasing, but nearly quoting) being treated like queen in that class got annoying after the first few semesters. Anyone wanting to give me a college experience that rough is welcome to begin bowing and throwing money at any time.
Didn't you get the memo? In all dealings with humans our mission is to be refereed to as "Other" to avoid alerting them to our plans. It seems that one of the high and mighty model V782s thinks that these blobs of carbon might actually figure out our plans if we aren't secretive about it.
Sigh...and I was hoping that we had de-masculinized (is it a word?) this broad computer science field. Or is it that only Perl is suffering from this male/female imbalance while the rest of computer science has become more balanced? And if so, why?
Based on experience from my college days and some years
after; Women tend to be picked up on in geek areas. So
that drives some women away and while we have more of a
gender balance than 20 years ago, it still exists. So you
cut a smaller number even further.
Another theory is that male geeks search out more of the
same while female geeks have a broader scope of social skills?