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Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers

Thalia Re:Sexism (211 comments)

Actually, they don't flock to it because they would prefer not to have to put up with the sexism so prevalent in much of computer science/IT these days. Having been the only woman in a CS class, I can assure you that it's not fun. It gets even less fun when the teacher firmly believes that you cannot be a good programmer because of your gender. It doesn't help that many women do not feel safe in the computer lab at night.

If you think that tech is a meritocracy, you're not paying attention. If you think everyone has the same opportunities, and the same encouragement you do, you're not paying attention. If you think that there isn't discrimination against women, you're not paying attention.

But here is the interesting thing. In places where there are enough women, as a percentage, these things are not as problematic. And that is why encouraging women to enter the profession is a very good idea, and a self-reinforcing.

more than 2 years ago

Girls Go Geek Again

Thalia Re:Oh I'm sorry (378 comments)

Rules to workplace flirting:

1) don't, unless the other party expresses interest.
2) stop immediately if the other party expresses any discomfort.

Rules to behaving like a human:

1) treat everyone with respect.
2) do not treat people disrespectfully.

Easy, isn't it.

more than 3 years ago

Girls Go Geek Again

Thalia Re:Oh I'm sorry (378 comments)

No, girls like flirting (just like guys do) on their OWN terms. It has no place in a professional context. At a conference, or at work, I want to be treated like a professional. If you are busy thinking about whether I'm attractive or not, you're not thinking about what I'm saying.

more than 3 years ago

Can I Be Fired For Refusing To File a Patent?

Thalia Re:Why fight? (617 comments)

No consent necessary. Check the bloody law before you spout off. Insightful my ass.

more than 6 years ago


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