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The Cool Girl Trap: Or, Why Sexism in Tech Isn’t Going Away. — Absurdist — Medium
The ‘Cool Girl’ trap is, while not the only factor, essentially one of the reasons sexism, racism, and other –isms are so pervasive in such a homogenized industry. Of the eight people that worked in that office, I was the only woman, the only Hispanic (or any non-white person), and the youngest in the office. This small sample reflects much of the industry itself — women only make up about 22% of developers. Caucasians still make up an overwhelming 79%.
When you’re surrounded by only one particular group, and they constantly remind you that you’re the outlier, you struggle to find footing in that group. You struggle to be accepted, so you sweep things under the rug. You put off articulating your real feelings because, what’s the harm in it? But you work so hard trying to get in to the inner circle that you find a hard time getting out without risking everything.
But, ultimately, you still lose everything. And you realize that you’re part of the problem. You’re part of the reason why the industry is so slow to change in its attitudes towards women and minorities. Because you never speak up.
But what choice do you have? Being the Cool Girl is how you survive.
Play the game, or lose. But you’ll probably lose anyway.
sexism  feminism  work  workplace  genderissues  women 
october 2015 by Aetles
to live and die before a mirror (kateordie: freezecooper: Ppl be like “ I want...)
Ppl be like “ I want an actual male gem, not just Steven.”
Jeez, it’s like having only one character
to represent your whole gender
in a group composed all of another gender
is a bit upsetting huh?
gender  genderissues  genderroles  feminism 
august 2015 by Aetles
How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology : All Tech Considered : NPR
Meritocracy Vs. Privilege

One of the most prevalent defenses against claims of gender bias and sexism in the tech industry is that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, where the smartest, most skilled engineers and the best ideas rise to the top. Following this logic, the people with the most merit just happen to be almost all white men.

The reality is far more complex. Reuters recently analyzed the venture capital funding of startups in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and found they had one thing in common: a privileged pedigree. Reuters reports that the startup founders generally came from the traditional Silicon Valley "cohort":

"That means the founders had held a senior position at a big technology firm, worked at a well-connected smaller one, started a successful company already, or attended one of just three universities — Stanford, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The analysis ... generally supports academic research showing that tech entrepreneurs are substantially wealthier and better educated than the population at large."
The data also supported other claims of race, gender and class bias. But the myth of meritocracy prevails. "This mythology ... denies the role of personal connections, wealth, background, gender, race, or education in an individual's success," writes Alice Marwick, a professor at Fordham University. "If, for example, women (or people of color, or gay people) are not getting venture-capital funding at the same rate as men, the myth maintains, it is due to their lack of ability rather than institutional sexism. It also justifies immense wealth as the worthy spoils of the smartest and best."
technology  gender  genderissues  opensource 
november 2014 by Aetles
You Can Give a Boy a Doll, but You Can't Make Him Play With It - Christina Hoff Sommers - The Atlantic
The Swedes are treating gender-conforming children the way we once treated gender-variant children. Formerly called "tomboy girls" and "sissy boys" in the medical literature, these kids are persistently attracted to the toys of the opposite sex. They will often remain fixated on the "wrong" toys despite relentless, often cruel pressure from parents, doctors, and peers. Their total immersion in sex-stereotyped culture—a non-stop Toys"R"Us indoctrination—seems to have little effect on their passion for the toys of the opposite sex. There was a time when a boy who displayed a persistent aversion to trucks and rough play and a fixation on frilly dolls or princess paraphernalia would have been considered a candidate for behavior modification therapy. Today, most experts encourage tolerance, understanding, and acceptance: just leave him alone and let him play as he wants. The Swedes should extend the same tolerant understanding to the gender identity and preferences of the vast majority of children.
genderroles  gender  sweden  genderissues  usa  preschool  children  toys  childhood 
december 2012 by Aetles
Abstract: Gender differences in health and education are a concern for a number of developing countries.
While standard theory predicts human capital should respond to market returns, social norms (e.g.,
disapproval of women working outside the home) may weaken or even sever this link for girls. Though
many studies have examined the link between women's wages or labor force participation and investment
in girls, two significant problems are the possibility of omitted variables bias and reverse causality, and
difficulty in identifying which of several mechanisms (returns, bargaining power, income, etc.) link the
two. To overcome these problems, we provided three years of recruiting services to help young women in
randomly selected Indian villages get jobs in the business process outsourcing industry. Girls in treatment
villages were more likely to be in school and had greater measured BMI. We argue that the design of the
experiment (providing opportunities almost exclusively for young, unmarried women rather than current
mothers) allows us to rule out that mechanisms other than increases in the returns explain our results.
genderissues  india  research  gender  women  girls 
december 2012 by Aetles

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