‘Why Are There So Few Women Programmers?’

Dave Winer (no link because I refuse to link to sexist douchebags):

Now, I’m sure there is sexism, probably a lot of sexism. But I also think there’s something about programming that makes many women not want to do it. Here’s a theory why that might be.

That last line? He went back and struck it, as in strike-through, but even without the last line that’s a pretty fucking sexist comment. There’s been a lot of responses. So many comments that Winer has been deleting comments on his blog (many with merit) and writing piece after piece trying to win back credibility, or something, trying to convince himself he is a good guy? I don’t know, I don’t care.

I personally like the response from Faruk Ateş, who says:

If there was any specialization in the genders, programming would still, to this day, be utterly dominated by women, because they were the first software programmers (hell, they invented programming). As today’s programming environment is dominated by men, and this is a recent development as well as a complete turnaround from how it used to be, which is, being dominated by women, the entire foundation of your belief is a lie, and your belief rests on you deluding yourself over these facts.

“Why are there so few women programmers?” Perhaps because of thinking like Winer’s.

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by Ben Brooks
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Dave Winer (no link because I refuse to link to sexist douchebags): Now, I’m sure there is sexism, probably a lot of sexism. But I also think there’s something about programming that makes many women not want to do it. Here’s a theory why that might be. That last line? He went back and struck […]