_____/ On Mon 06 Mar 2006 01:38:12 GMT, [Matt Mullenweg] wrote : \_____
David House wrote:
It's not our fault. We're not actively discriminating against women,
they're just aren't any around.
I would say that I have seen people, particularly in the IRC channel,
say and act in ways that I think would discourage active female
participation. However this is not behaviour specific to WP, it's
more endemic to male geek communities.
I'm sure any women on this list could speak to challenges they've
faced, and perhaps that would make people more sensitive in the
There was an highly-cited article in the Boston Globe a couple of months
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| The argument of many computer scientists is that women who study
| science or technology, because they are defying social expecta-
| tions, are in an uncomfortable position to begin with. So they
| are more likely to be dissuaded from pursuing computer science
| if they are exposed to an unpleasant environment, bad teaching,
| and negative stereotypes like the image of the male hacker.