I get “fake geek girl” BS in job interviews. I have skipped applying for programming jobs because the ads promote the “bro-centric company culture,” where it is common to drink beer and no one complains about your naughty sense of humor. I have applied at companies that won’t interview me for the position that I’m qualified for because the type of programming that I do is more typical for guys and this other type over here that I don’t do is more typical for girls; in order to show how inclusive of women they are, they strongly encourage me to apply for [girl job] despite me being grossly overqualified for [boy job that I can’t be interviewed for]. I have gone to interviews where it is made clear to me that I’m the affirmative action candidate, that they were intrigued by my claim to play video games [which I was tested on], and then had the technical interviewer act astounded because during my whiteboarding exercise, I followed a coding standard that prevents a security breach and no other applicants did— and then not gotten the job. I have had jobs where my opinion was dismissed by my superiors who were less qualified than me, who repeatedly interrupted me during demos to tell me that I’m doing the demo wrong on a product that the interrupter has never used— and then gotten fired for calmly standing up to him.
So let me tell you why there are so few games with strong female protagonists and so few games with characters that women can identify with as idealized heroes: games are made by men for themselves.
PetticoatDespot (Click for full comment on an also great article)
Yeah but WHY aren’t there more women in the tech center? Must be because of their genetically weird lady brains AMIRITE?!
Many years ago I overheard a woman talking on a bus. She was a researcher and looking into ways of improving the lives of the disabled, she said something that touched me and has been a core part of my philosophy in building design and engineering ever since.
"Have you ever considered that people aren’t disabled but that we disable them with our designs"
That one sentence changed everything for me. I had never looked at it that way. Could it be that perhaps there’s nothing wrong with that person, and in fact we’re just bad designers and engineers. I quickly started imagining a world where there were no steps and only way to go up a floor was to use a stairlift what if all the movies only came in sign language or the books only in Braille. How disabled would I be in these worlds? I won’t hijack this post to talk about how the built environment is designed for men over women but I will say whatever service you’re offering or device your developing lets make sure to consider and include everyone.
My problem was not with the commercial (which seems mostly fine to me, although I would point out that one can like princesses and maths, but I can get the point if the point is a lack of variety and options) but with the accompanying article which stated that the company’s goal was to increase female representation in STEM fields — my point regarding that was that once again we are tasking women and girls as individuals with systemic problems. The answer to how to get more women in STEM isn’t to make more women interested via Cool Toys, but to make the atmosphere in STEM fields more welcoming to the women who are interested. And that means, among other things, targeting men to fix things, not little girls.— Shakesville: GoldieBlox and the Three Feminism Follow-up Points (via valkyrierisen)