What is Broken
Posted Aug 10, 2005 13:10 UTC (Wed) by Arker
In reply to: What is Broken
Parent article: Getting in touch with the feminine side of open source (NewsForge)
You're making an assumption there that most women don't want to do
that sort of work *because* they're women.
No, actually, I'm not. I've made no statement and have no definitive statement to give on the ultimate cause of the phenomenon, other than to state emphatically that correlation does not necessarily imply causation. I very much suspect that, like (nearly?) all macro-social statistics, we're looking at something with many, varied causes, not one big one.
All I take exception to is the notion that a correllation here necessarily implies some nefarious sexist cause, or that an "under-representation" in one industry or another is prima facie evidence of some problem that needs to be fixed. Isn't it perfectly possible that, for whatever reasons, more women choose to do certain things, less others (and the same for men, who are quite under-represented in certain professions as well) without there being anything wrong with that fact?
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