Posted Aug 9, 2005 15:17 UTC (Tue) by stevenj
In reply to: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
Parent article: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
Scientific, psychological, and sociological research has already backed up a thousand times what we can all already see for ourselves, that men are generally attracted to the more concrete and logic oriented disciplines (not that men are all logical...), with programming being one example, and women generally are not.
Um, my understanding is that no scientific study has ever established that this demographic trend is innately genetic (by which people usually seem to mean "unchangeable," although the expression of genes is dependent on environment) or if it is an artificial result of social pressures. It is the possibility (even the likelihood, given how much things have changed in the last half-century) of the latter case that leads people to ask: what could we be doing to discourage women from participating in this field, and is there any aspect of the environment that we should try to change?
I don't see anything wrong with asking this question, and in doing our damnedest to improve matters. Unless, of course, you'd rather make unfounded speculations that there is nothing to do, and that we should be happy to have low expectations of women in science.
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