And don’t call them techettes

When it gets down to zeroes and ones, X and Y don’t matter:

Computer Science is about the flow of information, especially as represented in binary form. There are precisely zero hormones involved. If it happens that fewer daughters are inclined toward the study, Then So Be It. If I ever have a daughter who wants to hack, I’ll cheerfully do a Linux From Scratch project with her.

Having hung out a lot on Slashdot before drifting into blogging, I can say that the gender bias actually favors any interested women. Actual skillz demonstrated will crush the occasional bit of chauvinism.

Having seen such skillz in action, I must concur. When Trini left us for warmer, or anyway more sanitary, climes, she won a promotion over several hardware guys for the simple reason that she was better at it and could prove it. For that matter, she was better at it than I was. And being more interested in getting the job done than in finding ways to prop up my ego, I had no problem deferring to her judgment. I suspect that the men she passed on the ladder have gotten used to it by now — and too bad if they haven’t.


  1. Robert Stacy McCain »

    3 May 2011 · 10:46 am

    That’s just it: Whatever it takes to get the job done, and whoever does the job best. But when people start quota-mongering — whining because women aren’t 50% of every job description — that standard gets chucked.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 May 2011 · 10:55 am

    I wouldn’t even mind being called a “techette” if the job was fun, if I were good at it, and if the people around me recognized that I was good at something difficult.

  3. Baby M »

    4 May 2011 · 7:01 am

    My oldest son is going to major in software engineering, and has an internship in a software lab. There’s a rather refreshing lack of political correctness in computer sciences. It doesn’t matter much what you look like or where you’re from: your code either compiles or it doesn’t; the application either runs or it doesn’t, and that’s all that counts. There’s no Postmodern Critical Software Studies interpretation in which the ability of your code to compile is a function of your race, class, and gender and the narrative bias of the operating system.

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