A girl who codes: Why that matters.(ckl.io)

3 years ago from Marcella Fontes, CheesecakeLabs

  • Lindsay Hook, 3 years ago

    It is definitely most important to hire qualified candidates vs. just meeting a quota. However, that is kind of beside the point. It's not 'should we hire more women just because they aren't represented', its more of 'are we making our best effort to make sure women are getting the best chance to be hired, in an equal manner to men'. There are lots of unconscious biases, social norms, and external pressures that can play into hiring – and this is different from person to person. Because tech industries are generally led by men, there could be a subconscious desire to hire people 'like themselves' which doesn't always mean sexism.

    As an obvious statement: as men, it is inherent that you cannot understand a women's perspective. Therefore to "eyeroll" at the women's march, or just not believe in the need for such things is silly because as men, you aren't subject to the experiences an average women goes through in her lifetime.

    But besides the point, I'm upset that the few women commenting on here have been generally hostile. I have found that 99% of the commenters are insightful/intellectual and willing to be proven wrong or just looking for more information. I thank you guys for being open to a discussion. As women, however we are generally met with a lot of aggression (esp. on the internet) and a general disbelief that we have anything to complain about. So that's probably the reason some women are quick to fight back with aggressive remarks.

    5 points
    • Jake Lazaroff, 3 years ago

      But besides the point, I'm upset that the few women commenting on here have been generally hostile.

      Maybe they're just fed up with our shit.

      Many of the men here have been generally hostile solely because someone pointed out their privilege. I'm upset about that.

      2 points