The world of technology is deprived of women’s leet skillz


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24 November 2006

Welcome to the WOMEN in IT (WINIT) web-site.

 

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“I am woman, hear me repeatedly hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete!”This rather uptight mob of cyberfeminists refer to themselves by their initials, WINIT, which is no doubt meant to sound like “Win it”. Rather amusingly it also sounds just like “winnet”, which is Northern English slang for a piece of unwiped shit that clings to your anus (It’s true!) Rather appropriate really.

Check out the symbol at the bottom of the page, the one for the “European Union Social Fund”, meaning that the massive sprawling octopus of socialism that is the EU hands over plenty of taxpayers money to this women-only crew of snivelling pretentious arse-biscuits.

They had a big conference in 2005, which is introduced with plenty of nonsense to whip women up into a fury of victimhood and despair.

The under-representation of female ICT workers remains a source of frustration for all concerned with gender issues in relation to contemporary workplaces, and in relation to ‘new’ technologies.

Exactly. It’s a source of frustration to those concerned with gender issues (i.e. feminists) but of no fucking consequence or concern to those of us who live in the real world.

The male dominance (in both statistical and symbolic terms) of ICT workplaces continues to have immediate and wider consequences.

Yes indeed there are consequences of the IT (ICT as they call it, for Information and Communications Technology) industry being male dominated; like companies having fully functioning servers, software completed on time, 24-hour support for network problems, etc, etc. That’s thanks to most IT engineers and staff being men, who don’t have to leave at 3PM to make the school run, who got their qualifications and jobs on merit and skill rather than simply to help fill some quota, and who believe that getting ahead in any business means hard-work and skill, rather than just turning up.

Naturally, these winnets don’t see these points. Instead, they come up with some “issues” of how hard it is for women to enter the world of IT and compete there, in doing so citing “studies” that are clearly by other fembot retards.

Despite many initiatives over the last thirty years, women are still not entering the ICT industry in significant numbers.

Given that women are not entering IT despite – as they themselves admit – plenty of initiatives (i.e. positive discrimination and tax-payer funded programmes), does it never occur to them that perhaps women aren’t cut out for IT, or perhaps do not want to work in IT or at least aren’t to keen on sticking it out and making it to the top? No, of course not. It simply must be oppression.

Even fewer have managed to reach the higher echelons of the profession. Indeed female ICT professionals are leaving the industry in disproportionate numbers (IBM 2003).

“Leaving” suggests a choice. It’s not like they’re being pushed out, sacked for being female or fleeing in tears because of being harassed or anything. They’re leaving, probably after finding out the job takes skill, hard-work and possibly fucks up your social life.

Another reason women may not succeed in this business is because computers respond to raw, cold logic. Emotion doesn’t come into it. Bat your pretty eyelids at a PC that’s just given you the blue screen of death won’t make it work. Computers are also utterly immune to shaming language. If you try and run a Linux-only programme on a Windows machine, simply sneering at it “You’re not strong enough to run another Operating System’s programme, I need a real computer! If you were a real computer you would be capable of running this programme for me!” won’t make it do anything other than sit there giving you error messages until you get the correct software or give up.

In a wider sense, the fact that women have practically no voice in the creation of the major technological innovations currently being interweaved into our lives must be to the detriment of the industry, to society as a whole (Selby and Young 1997) and to women themselves (Faulkner 2004).

Hmmmm. Let’s see. In the last half-a-century or so, we’ve gone from chunky mechanical computers, clanky old telephones, scratchy record players and black-and-white televisions, to sleek multi-gigahertz PCs, wafer-thin mobile telephones with colour displays, MP3 players that fit in your breast-pocket but can hold more songs than a room full of records, and flashy plasma-screen televisions with pictures that are as sharp as real life.

Women – as we are constantly being told – have had little or no presence in the development of technology in the last half-a-century. Yet we seem to have done rather marvellously well without them, yes?

It’s also laughable the way they cite “studies” in brackets all the time about the most abstract and subjective of things, like how women not being in IT is “to the detriment of the industry and society as a whole (Selby and Young 1997).” How the fuck do they measure such a thing? Quite simply, they’re not referring “studies”, merely opinions. It’s the old feminist trick of proving their own ramblings by citing the ramblings of someone who is just as nutty as they are. They’re probably just completely making it all up anyway.

I could do the same thing. For example:

Women suck at computing (Harris & Bailey, 1990), can’t read maps (Wilson, 1988) and they are really rather silly (Taylor, et al, 1999).

See? I sound academic already!

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Anyway, the winnets of WINIT decided to do something about it. Sit around and whine. They had a big “extended dialogue” and conference discussing the following subjects:

* Gender & ICT workplace cultures

* Gender & ICT working practices (flexible working, work-life balance, mentoring etc)

* Gendered identity/subjectivity in relation to ICT/ICT workplace

* Gender & ICT: Narratives, accounts and stories

* Gender & technology relations

* Comparative/‘global’ studies of gender & ICT

* The ICT workplace: gender & best practices

* Feminist epistemologies & methodologies

* Gender & ICT: the future?

In other words it was a big whinge-fest. A Whingapalooza. A veritible orgy of complaining, bitching and naval-gazing. With tea-breaks.

Note how there’s fuck all about actual computing or technology there, unless it’s in relation to “gender”.

This is no doubt why so few women get very far in IT, because they spend more time learning about how “oppressed” they are – and revelling in it – in both IT and the world as a whole, instead of actually learning about bastard computers!

Imagine if you run a big business and you need an IT Manager, a good all-rounder who knows their stuff, a reliable and skilled person who can help set up and maintain a server and deal with the many other issues that come with a large-scale office with vast computing network.

You have two applicants.

One is an enthusiastic young man who has been working with computers since he was a kid, who built his first PC when he was thirteen, knows Linux scripting and HTML, has qualifications in networking and computer security and is keen on teaching himself C++ and Perl in his spare time to help establish himself a solid trailblazing career in computing.

The other is a woman who scraped through a computing degree partly because the University was going to be denied funding if they didn’t push through a certain number of female graduates and also by getting an A+ from her Women’s Computer Studies lecturer for writing a thesis titled “Feminist epistemologies & methodologies in IT”, and who angrily states in her interview that her reason for applying is to challenge the male-dominated world of IT and bring her qualities as a female into the industry and make it less Patriarchal in nature. And she can’t work evenings or weekends. Oh, and she asks in the interview what provisions you make for maternity leave, career breaks, flexitime for working mothers and childcare.

Hmmmm…who to recruit? Tough one that.

posted by Duncan Idaho @ 11:33 PM
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At 1:20 AM, Anonymous said…

I wonder if this has anything to do with Google hitting $500 a share. It always starts with some study right before the government and the lawyers come in looking to loot a company. You don’t hear them complaining about a lack of women cutting sugar cane in Haiti with machetes do you?

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At 1:22 AM, Anonymous said…

Fucking brilliant!!

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At 2:13 AM, darkbhudda said…

I propose a new scheme, MiBS.

Men in Beauty Salons

I have noticed most beauty salons are female dominated. Something must be done or men will be left behind in this cutting edge industry.

or what about
MSoTAaWOaTWGtW

Men Sitting on Their Ass and Watching Oprah as Their Wife Goes to Work

More women than men are domestic engineers. Something must be done.

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At 2:55 AM, Anonymous said…

Duncan,

What makes it more pathetic is that I don’t know the sex of who wrote the search engine, web server, first person shooter gaming program, etc… I’m using. I’ll use something and decide to stick with it based on it’s merits (not the sex of the code writer).

Other than using pen names to author books or render paintings in secret at no other time in history has it been possible for someone to produce a product anonymously and have it be accepted or rejected for widespread use solely on its merits.

Even more no physical strength is required. It’s all brain work.

If these women we’re even remotely competent they would be trying to come up with a search engine even better than Google or a first person shooter game that millions of men would pay $99 for without blinking (i.e., become wealthy).

But no. Whine. Whine. Whine.

Losers. All of them.

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At 4:15 AM, HAWKEYE said…

bloody briliant.
what a whingapalooser

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At 6:01 AM, Anonymous said…

Especially excellent post this time, Duncan! 🙂

This one is a classic:

Computers are also utterly immune to shaming language. If you try and run a Linux-only programme on a Windows machine, simply sneering at it “You’re not strong enough to run another Operating System’s programme, I need a real computer! If you were a real computer you would be capable of running this programme for me!” won’t make it do anything other than sit there giving you error messages until you get the correct software or give up.

Dude, like others here have already suggested: you should write a book!!! Because you have talent, man!

Regards,

lg.

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At 9:11 AM, zek1917 said…

Fantastic post, eternal bachelor. On top of being right on target you’re an amazing writer.

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At 10:19 AM, Paul Parmenter said…

Duncan, I think you are being a little unfair on these poor victimised wimmin, winnets, or whatever.

“We aim to unearth the truth behind the statistics and report back regarding the question on everybody’s lips—Why are women under-represented in IT?”

Yes indeed, that’s certainly been the question on my lips for as long as I can remember now. Many are the nights I have woken up in a cold sweat with worry about why more women are not solving the problems in ICT. Every time my computer crashes or a link fails, or my mobile runs out of credit, I fall to me knees and pray for a woman to ride in on a white charger and apply her brilliant mind and magic touch to fix it for me. If only women had been in on the IT revolution from the outset – say by inventing it all, for example – we really would be centuries ahead by now.

I utterly reject any suggestion that if we had only left it to women to invent ICT, we would still be communicating by beacons on mountain tops, drums and semaphore by flags. That is an outrageous slur.

So I welcome this exciting new initiative to put women where they belong – in control of the ICT industry, introducing all the exciting new ideas we really need to stir those lethargic men out of their patriarchal complacency. Ideas that will really get the industry bounding ahead. Ideas that could only occur to the dazzling minds of women. Ideas like part-time working, creche facilities in every workshop, extended maternal leave, enforcement of anti-harassment procedures, stronger industrial tribunals with more powers and more female representation, and commissions to investigate discrimination against women.

Remember: the future is bright. The future is pink.

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At 10:53 AM, Anonymous said…

Despite many initiatives over the last thirty years, women are still not entering the ICT industry in significant numbers.

Why is THAT a problem? Why do not they complain about women not working in mines, not being building workers, not working in the disposal of garbage.
I have never seen a woman do such a job. Never.
So why do they complain?
They do it because IT sounds nice, has prestige (they think it has) and earns well – if you work well.

It is not about equality it is about money.

In a wider sense, the fact that women have practically no voice in the creation of the major technological innovations currently being interweaved into our lives must be to the detriment of the industry, to society as a whole (Selby and Young 1997) and to women themselves (Faulkner 2004).

It is impossible to prove such a claim.

Women are simply not interested in work and they have an option that men do not have: staying at home being married.

The hypocrisy is obvious when you look at the fact that they never complain when men do hard less payed jobs and not women.

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At 11:33 AM, Anonymous said…

“They’ve got a big conference on”

Check the link, Duncan. I think you mean they HAD a conference on.

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At 1:00 PM, Duncan Idaho said…

Check the link, Duncan. I think you mean thay HAD a conference on.

Good point, well made. I’ve fixed the wording.

Dude, like others here have already suggested: you should write a book!!! Because you have talent, man!

Many thanks, glad you like it. I couldn’t really write a book though, no-one would publish it for fear of their offices being firebombed by fembots. Besides, books cost money. Surely it’s better being able to read this stuff for free!

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At 1:30 PM, Trescius said…

Ah yes IT or Computer Science I know it well. Having gotten my Bachelor’s degree a couple of years ago I have many stories about women in CS/IT.

I remember my first day of classes back in 2000, I was astounded by the number of female geeks I saw before me. Or at least I was until I found out the first months lectures were an introduction to “This is a computer”. I slept with boredom as parts of a computer and ideas about how they worked I had mastered back when I was 4 were being droned on about.

75% of the women were lapping it up thoroughly engrossed. Then came the our learning the first of many programming languages available throughout the rest of the degree. Java, since it was an introductory course nothing extremely complex was mentioned. What a Java class was was glossed over, we focused more on how to do basic statements. I paid attention only to the differences between Java and the language I had used up until then Basic.

25% of the women left after the first week of that unable to grasp the concept of an if statement, sucking up the F on their transcripts. More was introduced, loops, methods, how to do real classes. 25% left unable to keep up with the laughably simple workload.

As the final exams approached of the 15 women left (we started with 30), 5 were asking why we hadn’t covered Word, Excel, etc the stuff they needed as secretaries. 5 more Fails were added to the classes record.

Of those ten left 3 were Science double majors asking people to practically do the assignment for them. We managed to get about 10 more women into my year’s courses thanks to some women who thought the regular math program was too hard, they left when the found out CS was no easier, their decline stopped when they joined the Fine Arts program (theater, etc). Another 20 competent women who had started out as Engineers, found their calling as computer scientists.

Just to be fair for the other 100 men in the class only about 20 didn’t graduate at the same time as the rest. 10 because they took cooperative programs, another 10 because they had to take part-time jobs to cover expenses. The women who didn’t take coop didn’t need to take part-time jobs since they had live in boyfriends to take care of their expenses.

Hence why I’m running a sole proprietorship business. I’m the sole owner, sole employee, and sole scapegoat, and why I’m never opening up any positions of employment for other people.

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At 1:33 PM, Trescius said…

You could always write an e-book, have a for pay download. Lots of people are doing that. Mostly data “gurus” but the idea is still the same. You’d just have to find web hosting, and there are plenty of cheap options out there.

Just do me a favour don’t go with a freebie option, they suck harder than the feminists.

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At 1:43 PM, Duncan Idaho said…

I wonder if this has anything to do with Google hitting $500 a share.

This is a significant point. As many others have observed, previously women looked down on computer “geeks”; men who sat working at computers and getting a thrill out of getting a home-made programme to work, or cracking a professional firewall, were seen as losers and nerds, and computers the domain of Guys Who Cannot Get Laid.

Now many of these former “nerds” are millionaires at thirty, and the industry that was born in student’s garages and teenaged boy’s bedrooms now sits in massive glass skyscrapers bringing in billions for their staff and shareholders, women want IN!

“Let us in, you’ve been oppressing us since the dawn of time. Give us a moment to wipe the jock’s cum from our well-used lips and let us at the IT industry and your salaries, NOW!”

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At 3:10 PM, Anonymous said…

Paul Parmenter said

“I utterly reject any suggestion that if we had only left it to women to invent ICT, we would still be communicating by beacons on mountain tops, drums and semaphore by flags. That is an outrageous slur.”

That is the whole point man. It is about initiative. Men took the initiative and women did not. The one who takes the initiative has the upper hand always. So why complain now if women did not have the brains to take the initiative.

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At 5:11 PM, Voodoojock said…

Until these people do something brilliant, like write an office suite that isn’t vulnerable to hacking and doesn’t cost $250 for an upgrade, then people will take notice.

Until then, they are trying to merit attention without delivering a thing to warrant it. Just like your typical western female.

Memo to WINIT: Shut the fuck up and do something already.

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At 7:41 PM, Anonymous said…

Take chess for example. There is nearly no woman who is chess-grandmaster.
Most chessplayers are men, women are not interested.
Maybe they would be capable as men, but they are not willing to commit much time in training. That is an obvious difference.
Feminists will argue that chess is male dominated.
That is certainly not the reason. In chess there is just one thing that counts: who wins.

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At 8:01 PM, Panzer said…

“You don’t hear them complaining about a lack of women cutting sugar cane in Haiti with machetes do you?”

Yea or pouring concrete. The company I work for is hiring almost all the time, and not one woman has even applied. Then again, concrete is tough work, you get down right filthy and covered with the stuff, and the hours can be long with six day work weeks not uncommon. I guess jobs like this are better left to the men in their eyes, well, fine by me. So ladies if you want equality, put on a pair of rubber boots, grab a shovel, and get ready for one hell of a back breaking time.
If your not willing to do that, then shut your yap!

Panzer

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At 8:50 PM, Paul Parmenter said…

Memo to Anonymous 3.10 pm:

Could it be that you do not recognise sarcasm when you see it?

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At 2:37 AM, Anonymous said…

“Memo to Anonymous 3.10 pm:

Could it be that you do not recognise sarcasm when you see it?”

Well may be I am not so good at it. I just mentioned a fact. What is so offensive to get personal about?

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At 2:46 AM, Kim Il Jong said…

I wonder if this has anything to do with Google hitting $500 a share.

I work near Google, and the amount of good looking horse flesh walking around Google makes me pleased to work there.

I don’t think they do much for Google except look pretty crossing the road. Man when spring comes it will be great.

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At 2:48 AM, beenaround said…

I work for a start-up in Silly Valley doing high-tech gizmos.

We don’t have any female engineers. Some females work in QA where their skills are useful. The last female who worked on the code made a huge cock-up of it.

Males rule in software engineering.

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At 5:35 AM, MarkyMark said…

Beenaround,

Men rule in software engineering because it requires one thing above all else: logic, the one thing women do NOT have…

MarkyMark

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At 10:22 AM, HAWKEYE said…

the truth is that as far as computers and the internet go wymen are falling behind at a fast pace.
pretty soon they will not be able to understand it at all .
AND THIS SCARES THEM.
WE MALES HAVE THE BRAINS ,WE HAVE THE TOOLS, WE HAVE THE EDGE.
i say lets start programing with simple glitches built in and hear them scream .

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At 10:31 PM, mfsob said…

Women want what they can’t have, and they don’t want to expend any effort to get it. Much, much easier to get the hopelessly PC establishment to do it for them.

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At 2:11 AM, Happy Bullet said…

Women consistently failing in IT is a major thorn in the side of feminist ideology claiming that both sexes are the same.

If IT is feminized it will also be made useless. Doing the old feminist trick of giving women advantages to make them equal to men, will be too obvious in IT.

Any feminisation of IT will negatively affect the male cornerstone and will not improve the female contribution to any degree of significance so they need to lay the fuck off.

It needs to be made obvious that female involvement simply has a negative impact.

Of course, they’ll never accept it, because the emerging business model is a female dominated executive environment who must rely on an IT department who currently are inevitably men smart enough to realise how dumb the women are, creating cooperation issues.

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At 4:13 PM, Anonymous said…

Duncan already wrote a comment on this one… “The male dominance (in both statistical and symbolic terms) of ICT workplaces continues to have immediate and wider consequences.” And his is an excellent comeback.

We all know that “male-dominated” is codespeech for “Very Bad”. So next time someone waffles on about “the terrible consequences of male domination”, all you have to say is “Yep. Terrible consequences. Such as things that actually work. Awful. Should not be allowed…”

Then smile. And move on.

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At 2:58 AM, khankrumthebulgar said…

The only thing that will happen. Is that Skanks will dress like Street Walkers and you will find some Dude with his pants around his Ankles putting it to some Gal in the Server Room.

This happened at a Home Depot IT Center in one of the Stores here in the Dallas Metroplex a couple of years ago. I laughed my Ass off when I heard about it.

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