I get “fake geek girl” BS in job interviews. I have skipped applying for programming jobs because the ads promote the “bro-centric company culture,” where it is common to drink beer and no one complains about your naughty sense of humor. I have applied at companies that won’t interview me for the position that I’m qualified for because the type of programming that I do is more typical for guys and this other type over here that I don’t do is more typical for girls; in order to show how inclusive of women they are, they strongly encourage me to apply for [girl job] despite me being grossly overqualified for [boy job that I can’t be interviewed for]. I have gone to interviews where it is made clear to me that I’m the affirmative action candidate, that they were intrigued by my claim to play video games [which I was tested on], and then had the technical interviewer act astounded because during my whiteboarding exercise, I followed a coding standard that prevents a security breach and no other applicants did— and then not gotten the job. I have had jobs where my opinion was dismissed by my superiors who were less qualified than me, who repeatedly interrupted me during demos to tell me that I’m doing the demo wrong on a product that the interrupter has never used— and then gotten fired for calmly standing up to him.
So let me tell you why there are so few games with strong female protagonists and so few games with characters that women can identify with as idealized heroes: games are made by men for themselves.
PetticoatDespot (Click for full comment on an also great article)
Yeah but WHY aren’t there more women in the tech center? Must be because of their genetically weird lady brains AMIRITE?!
I’ve reblogged this so many times but I don’t care because this is fucking important. I’ve been made to feel uncomfortable in all of my shop classes, criticized for being female, even when I was better than all of the guys at performing the tasks at hand.
Women’s “choices” are respected when what’s really happening is explicit or implicit bias, i.e., the charge that women are responsible for their own wage gap because they “choose” soft science and low paid fields or “choose” to drop out of the work force to take care of their families in the absence of affordable child care and the shame of our minimum wage laws. Women are smart enough, says the anti-wage gap squad, to “choose” low pay but too stupid about their own reproductive health and their family’s and their own personal welfare to choose to terminate a pregnancy with their physician’s assistance (they need to be shown a sonogram, be forced to listen to a GOP-approved tract and then suffer through a waiting period before choices supposedly within their “female sphere” are allowed). These issues are all tied together and must be addressed universally by women supporting an increase in the minimum wage, comprehensive health and child care legislation, and improved wages for public workers where women are concentrated because civil service is merit-based unlike the private sector.
(Source: shatteredjunk, via thriceforgotten)