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But gosh darnit. I really don’t sometimes and it sucks.
I want you to smile for me that way
But it’s best if you stay far far away
I’m a bad dog, a mutt, a wild-eyed stray
The kind your mother would shoo away
My love is poison, my kindness is flawed
A passion too hot, a tongue that scalds
Don’t look upon me with your sweet eyes,
I won’t to be the one who makes you cry.
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?!
Of all the aggravating crap the computing profession is guilty of, this is one of the worst. As a computer scientist, I find it so damn annoying that someone could be so disgustingly foolish. Little girls and little boys start out basically the same. We are the ones who teach them one is the damsel and the other is the hero, that one should play with dolls while the other should make block houses. We tell girls to take a cooking class in middle school while the boys take a woodworking class. It’s so fucking stupid. That something as pure and amoral as the sciences and engineering fields would be so poisoned with an idea that half of AN ENTIRE FUCKING SPECIES is somehow intellectually lesser than the other. It’s shameful, and part of the reason I keep trying to be a better student, so that I can have the power to change this awful trend in whatever way I can. People should be free to be as strong of body and mind as they choose to be, not limited by what color their swaddling clothes are, not by any adult that does things the way their father did. We are the masters of our own destiny, all of us. It isn’t about empowering just one gender either. It’s about appreciating the complexity of every human being and their right to show it. It’s about letting people reach their full potential and respecting them for their abilities. Not some Old Boys Club vs the Femminazis bullshit. It’s not about one or the other, it’s about equality. So can we please stop fucking around with this sexist bullshit and get back to making games that inspire kids to be everything under the sun, games that show them there are no limits as long as you’re willing to fight for your right to achieve? Can we please practice what we preach when we say everyone is a hero?
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