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Re: Re: Women Programmers, Sex, Tai Chi and Reincarnation

by mugwumpjism (Hermit)
on Aug 19, 2001 at 22:45 UTC ( #106059=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Women Programmers, Sex, Tai Chi and Reincarnation
in thread Women Programmers, Sex, Tai Chi and Reincarnation

I'm not talking about a grown woman entering a job. I'm talking about a young woman being turned off comp sci labs by imbalanced geeks drooling over her. These bad experiences alter the way that you think about going further with a career prospect both conciously and subconciously. And don't say that it shouldn't happen, whilst you'd be right the reality of the situation is it does happen.

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Re: Re: Re: Women Programmers, Sex, Tai Chi and Reincarnation
by Moonie (Friar) on Aug 20, 2001 at 03:46 UTC
    It may happen and I'm sure it does happen. I'm sure it happens to men as well when entering a workforce that is historically held by women. But, I didn't find that in college. I found a comradiry (sp?) - I found people who enjoyed coding who had fun. Guys drool, Girls drool - if there is someone attractive. But, I don't think that we base our career choices on that. I've had bad experiences in life in all walks - it doesn't mean I'll base everything off of them. But, to each their own. I'll grant that you do make a point. Being a young gal - I did have fun coding and still do.
Re: Re: Re: Women Programmers, Sex, Tai Chi and Reincarnation
by Mungbeans (Pilgrim) on Aug 21, 2001 at 13:17 UTC
    I agree with your point but I think you are addressing the wrong audience here.

    Yes - young male programmers and computer labs can be pretty sleazy sex-starved places. It's called adolesence. Yes it turns off women, yes young geeks can be pretty bad examples. Is it a problem for the monks here? I don't think so.

    Your advice is sound but you're addressing one possible reason out of many why there's a gender imbalance. IMO you're putting an inappropriate focus on this issue but I don't have a solution for improving the ratio either.

    My advice would be - encourage where you can but don't over do it. The balance will improve over time, but I don't see any quick band aid fixes.

    "The future will be better tomorrow." ... from the collected wisdom of George W Bush.

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