FSF to host a mini-summit on Women in Free Software
Posted Aug 25, 2009 3:30 UTC (Tue) by Arker
In reply to: FSF to host a mini-summit on Women in Free Software
Parent article: FSF to host a mini-summit on Women in Free Software
Well, we have to keep up with the storm of other clueless people who think that gender disparity is itself a problem, rather than a symptom of various causes
And even you appear to be assuming that, even if it isnt a "problem" in and of itself it just has to be a "symptom" of other problems. I dont mean to pick on you but I certainly couldnt let that go without pointing it out. Even you dont seem to allow any possibility for cases where there are gender disparities that are not problematic nor a reflection of some other problem.
I would be perfectly happy to see a lot more women getting involved in writing free software - I am not against that at all. I am definiately against the implication that a gender disparity indicates a problem ipso facto, however.
If the fact of the matter is that relatively few women are interested in software development how does that indicate a "problem?" I worked in a female-dominated field for several years, there was no overt discrimination against males, no discrimination, it's just a fact that relatively few men are interested enough to choose it for a career.
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