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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I take it you don't approve of the FreeBSD Daemons (or whatever they're called). I've seen a few picks of women dressed in skin tight, plastic looking red suits with pitchforks and such at some convention, but I couldn't tell you which one or how often that occurs (or if it still does).
    • My primary concern is that otherwise talented individuals are not entering what would be their preferred field. Either advertising, stereotypes, peer pressure, or other influences are presenting an image that discourages participation by a particular gender.

      This is not a problem which is at all limited to the IT field. In Australia, nursing is predominantly seen as a female role. We see a disproportionately low number of men entering the nursing field. This is not because men cannot handle the sight

      • I've seen them, and if you like latex-clad daemons [userfriendly.org] then they're for you. The guys all say that it's awful while they're staring directly at the woman's boobage. As for why there are so few women in, say, perl, it's likely a lot more complex than just a lifetime of discouragement and a sexist society. Watch how nerd guys with small children behave at conferences towards their children, especially the ones who say they're all for women in IT, etc. Some things change very slowly.
  • Considering how many women are around these parts and Randal's 'booth babes' at OSCON, it really shouldn't come as any surprise that things aren't that different here. The boys have to exert social pressure among themselves to change this sort of behaviour, but they're too busy downloading porn and hoping it's someone elses job to fix the problems before their nerd daughters grow old enough to get the same treatment.