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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 18, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Thank Dionysus that Yale is actually being fined for it. =/ Normally I’d just expect them to wave their alumni clout and make all the charges go away.

  2. Posted May 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping to get some thoughts on a subject I’ve been haphazardly discussing for a while, which is perfectly illustrated by this quote.

    “He’s talking to the man sitting on his left in spite of the fact that I am sitting two feet to his right and at the same table.” in the It was Exhausting to figure out how to respond to the relentless misogyny from men article.

    I work in IT, which is a male dominated field that is not welcoming to women. I’ve heard it described as hostile, which I haven’t seen. The distinction being the quote above. Many of the conversations among the techies are muted when women are around. Most guys understand that people can be sexually harassed even if not directly involved in a conversation.

    These informal conversations often lead to establishing networks that people need to stay in the industry. Many times technical information is passed between the techies that is not officially sanctioned by the employer. You only need to be accused of mansplaining once to not offer any unsolicited advice or information. If women already feel that they are being viewed as less qualified, are they really going to be willing to ask?

    I’ve worked in a department that was all women except for me. I’ve dealt with being sexually harassed pretty much the same way the women I’ve met in IT have by staying out of the area. When conversations got really bad, I felt it was a good moment to check on the servers. In male dominated departments it seems the same way. The women just exclude themselves. The male techies hang out in one place and the female tech stayed in another. There are however a lot of other companies where the gender mix is mostly men. It used to be mostly men where I work now, but is about 50% women now. 2 telecommute so the majority in the office are men.

    On the one hand I feel sorry for anyone being excluded even if not being openly discriminated against. On the other hand, there are instances like the guy referenced in the article where you can sexually harass someone and not intend it. I can’t blame people for wanting to keep conversations professional even if it excludes women from social networks. What are your thoughts?

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