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over 4 years ago from Jon L, Design Entrepreneur

  • Adam Hayman, over 4 years ago

    Wait...just to clarify, you're trying to say that we should be seeing ~50% men and ~64% white people in tech because those are the overall stats for the country we live in?

    You know that's not how statistics work, right?

    2 points
    • Jake Lazaroff, over 4 years ago

      If you take an unbiased subset of a population, then yes, that's exactly how statistics work.

      2 points
      • Adam Hayman, over 4 years ago

        If things like poor access to quality education, peer pressure, cultural background, poverty, and societal norms don't exist, sure, that's how statistics work.

        In reality there are a million different reasons other than racism and sexism that we don't see those percentages of people in tech. You're making your assumptions in a vacuum.

        9 points
        • Jake Lazaroff, over 4 years ago

          Or: you're not making any connection between those things and racism/sexism/etc. Quality of education, poverty, access to professional networks, etc, are all things that white males in aggregate experience less—and that's before you get into conscious and unconscious biases that are explicitly based on factors like race. You can't say "it's not racism, it's quality of education!" without taking segregation, redlining, legacy admissions,

          I'm not making my assumptions in a vacuum: whenever I look at why cishet white men are disproportionately overrepresented in (especially high positions in) tech, and the answers are almost always racism and sexism.

          5 points
          • Adam Hayman, over 4 years ago

            To say that racism and sexism are the only reasons everything is the way it is, is a pretty narrow-minded statement. Ironic, for someone with what's a pretty liberal mindset! :)

            6 points