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  • dress like a guy and feel comfortable for being labelled a bitch for being like a guy. Few professions have more emotionally retarded guys and guys with more screwed up ideas about women than IT does.
    • Oh, airline captains have IT guys beat six ways from Sunday. Especially airline captains who hit 60 (mandatory retirement) and get rewarded with a desk to fly, and haven't grasped the fact that managing is different from being PIC. How certain of them survived to retirement without having been pushed out a hatch by a flight attendant was a source of continual puzzlement to me.
    • I've met some women who wouldn't have been sugar-n-spice in any profession. Some people are just unpleasant to be around.

  • Been there, done that. It can even be great fun, if the people you're being A Big Meanyhead to *deserve* it.

    In my case, they did. When your department (of three people) has worked 24/7 for a week to come up with years' worth of records required by federal law that another department wasn't keeping (or rather, wasn't keeping in the legally-mandated method and format - no making up numbers involved, just reformatting), they should say "thank you."

    When they not only don't, they come to you three months later a
  • I don't really understand this "women in IT" problem. Most of my bosses have been women. This is atypical, you'll tell me.

    Maybe these women who are having mythical problems in IT are just themselves socially retarded, and that's why they're having difficulties? I guess it's impolite to say that, even though there's apparently no problem saying it about men.

    "Don't know what to do next", uh yeah, neither do I, and I have a penis. Should I also be blaming others about not know what I want to do?

    Seriously, h

    • I guess it’s impolite to say that, even though there’s apparently no problem saying it about men.

      So two wrongs make a right? Has it occurred to you that maybe you should say it about neither gender?

      Maybe we’d have fewer of the problems we have if the debate wasn’t reduced to clichés on all sides.

      Talk about myths…

      You’re kidding, right?

      Story time. When I got back from YAPC::EU, my parents were curious about what I got up to (it’s actually the first

      • Go to any venue at all where computer people convene, and take stock of the gender balance. It’s at least 10:1 in favour of men, very nearly everywhere.

        This is by no means limited to IT though.

        I was talking to a casual acquaintance of mine once who works in the Events Management industry.

        Her complaints sounded like a mirror image of IT. It's ALL women, there's bitchiness and back-stabbing and drama queens everywhere. The few men in the industry are all gay, and even BIGGER bitches and drama queens tha

        • The way I see it, the problem consists of two pieces in every case:

          1. A particular predisposition in that industry/societal fraction.
          2. A general principle that amplifies this into severe gender imbalance.

          Approaches to the general principle can be shared, each group has to tackle its particular selective forces on its own. In this, IT differs from tenure, which differs from event management, etc.