Women and male engineering?
Posted Jul 30, 2009 12:44 UTC (Thu) by forthy
Parent article: Community Leadership Summit 2009
Developing software is a sort of engineering. Doing that in an open
source project usually means "engineering for fun". Few women can find the
fun in that - it is difficult, non-routine work, it exposes that you make
a lot of mistakes and you have to correct them, why is that supposed to be
fun? If there's a fundamental gender problem with understanding why
writing free software is a thing you like to do, changing little things
won't help. Most women prefer not-so-difficult routine work, where they
can excell by being quicker and more reliable than men, which are more
easy bored by that kind of work. Math-affine women more likely study
accounting than computer science.
Also, we have changed our way to communicate with each others to
be more female. Alan Cox and Linus Torvalds recently were bitching around
over some TTY stuff. It sounded all like they are lacking testosterone,
and working on estrogen instead ;-). Alan Cox even gave the impression
that despite the computer said he was wrong, he still ought to be right,
because his reasoning is better. And he then said "I'm no longer doing
this, look for someone else" and left maintaining the TTY code. Ok, he did
sleep over it and build up some testosterone to become more reasonable,
but this communication style shouldn't be a barrier to females ;-).
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