[wp-hackers] Community Views on Now and the Future

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Mon Mar 6 03:30:54 GMT 2006

_____/ On Mon 06 Mar 2006 01:38:12 GMT, [Matt Mullenweg] wrote : \_____

> David House wrote:
>> It's not our fault. We're not actively discriminating against women,
>> they're just aren't any around.
> I would say that I have seen people, particularly in the IRC channel, 
> say and act in ways that I think would discourage active female 
> participation. However this is not behaviour specific to WP, it's 
> more endemic to male geek communities.
> I'm sure any women on this list could speak to challenges they've 
> faced, and perhaps that would make people more sensitive in the 
> future.

There was an highly-cited article in the Boston Globe a couple of months


,----[ Quote ]
| The argument of many computer scientists is that women who study
| science or technology, because they  are defying social expecta-
| tions, are in an uncomfortable  position to begin with. So  they
| are more likely  to be dissuaded from pursuing computer  science
| if they are exposed to  an unpleasant environment, bad teaching,
| and negative stereotypes like the image of the male hacker.

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