[FoRK] Programming language wars are really all about social bias

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Jan 20 12:40:19 PST 2015


I ran a quick analysis over match.com.

Guys are most likely to want a girl who knows Ruby 64% to 27% with 9%
neither
Girls are most likely to want a guy who knows Java 71% to 12% with 17%
neither
Girls are most likely to want a girl who knows Objective-C 83% to 7% with
10% neither.

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>
wrote:

>
> https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/c-is-manly-python-is-for-n00bs-how-false-stereotypes-turn-into-technical-truths
>
> There is also a gendered perception of language hierarchy with the most
> “manly” at the top. One Slashdot commenter writes
> <http://books.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1517668&cid=30836564>, “Bah,
> Python is for girls anyways. Everybody knows that PERL is the language of
> true men.” Someone else responds, “Actually, C is the language of true
> men…” Such views suggest that women might disproportionately use certain
> languages, but Ari and Leo found in their programmer surveys that knowledge
> of programming languages is largely equivalent between genders
> <http://lmeyerov.blogspot.com/2012/11/what-women-want.html>. Women are
> slightly more likely to know Excel and men are slightly more likely to know
> C, C#, and Ruby, but not enough to establish any gendered hierarchy.
>
> A major reason to eradicate these false stereotypes is that they perpetuate
> biases against women. Evidence shows that a hostile culture contributes to
> the “leaky pipeline,” the phenomenon of women leaving tech despite having
> the interest, skills, and education. (Despite higher numbers of women
> earning technical degrees, women make up 25% of the tech workforce and less
> than 15% of the technical positions.) In addition to making women feel
> underappreciated, viewing “feminine” skills as inferior makes people feel
> justified in rejecting female candidates or passing them up for promotions.
> Women seem to get a raw deal even though these “feminine” languages are not
> underappreciated in reality: while programmers using “girly” languages like
> Ruby and Python are actually among the most highly paid
> <
> http://www.businessinsider.com/best-tech-skills-resume-ranked-salary-2014-11
> >,
> there is still evidence that the gender wage gap in tech skews against
> women
> <
> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/upshot/the-pay-gap-is-because-of-gender-not-jobs.html?_r=1&abt=0002&abg=0
> >
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