Finally, a man willing to speak truth to matriarchal power candidly answers the question: why are there fewer older women in tech?
(PSA for the PSA: you might want to make sure you’re not near any breakables before reading. If you’ve recently eaten, please wait at least half an hour.)
Here goes nothing:
They dropped out. They dropped out because programming demands single-minded focus, mathematical skill, logic, and most of all, individual accountability. They dropped out because they didn’t belong in the field and encouraging them to pursue it was doing them a serious career disservice. As a general rule, women don’t like competitive jobs where they are held to an objective standard, particularly when they cannot easily pass off their work to others and still take credit for it.
Throw in the fact that male programmers tend to be competitive and socially graceless, which means that relatively few of them are inclined to do a woman’s job for her in return for the well-practiced flash of a big smile and a few smug coos of appreciation, and it should be no surprise that even intelligent and well-trained women don’t tend to last long in the industry.
Kudos on your bravery and willingness to speak out, sir.
Obviously, it’s troubling enough that anyone actually thinks this. That the people who think this have no compunction spouting it publicly, secure in the knowledge that they will receive back-pats from the others who share their righteous indignation, makes me want to kick a puppy, and anyone who knows me knows that I like 100% of puppies more than 99% of people.
Seriously, look how many commas that last sentence has. That’s how upsetting this is.
Also, if I may go all “What about the menz?” for a moment, can we kill this “programmers are socially graceless” thing? It’s a tired trope that is simultaneously (1) untrue and (2) an easy way to justify problematic behavior, and it doesn’t do much other than alienate anyone who doesn’t fit the (false) stereotype from the industry.
One might venture to say that there are simply “programmers,” if one were feeling especially saucy.