What is Broken
Posted Aug 9, 2005 23:02 UTC (Tue) by Arker
In reply to: What is Broken
Parent article: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
If open source projects aren't benefitting from ~50% of the minds available, then something is broken.
I think you'll find that women are "statistically under-represented" as the expression goes, not just in Open Source projects, but in computer programming in general. It was the notion that this is somehow a problem that needs to be fixed that raises my ire. Why is it so inconceivable to people that this is simply because most women don't want to do that sort of work? Why must it always be interpreted as evidence of some form of sexism, rather than simply the results of free choice? I know a few women that code, and they tend to be rather good at it, but most women, in my experience, just aren't interested. So they do other things they are interested in. Nothing there that needs to be fixed.
Yes, some people do make stupid remarks and the like, and certainly, those people should learn manners. And it's quite possible that those people are over-represented among computer programmers, although my experience doesn't really agree. But I can't imagine that has much of an effect, except possibly to concentrate those women that enjoy coding a little more on the FOSS side, where they're less likely to have to interact face-to-face with their co-workers anyway.
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