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Comment Re:This is hardly specific to computer science... (Score 3, Informative) 314

Women earn 45.5% of Mathematics degrees in the US. Engineering and Physics are only at around 25%, but they have been trending consistently upward. Computer Science, on the other hand, has declined from 38% to 25%. It is the only field with that dramatic decline.

Comment Re:Have you asked them? (Score 1) 314

Yes they have: there is a significant body of qualitative research stretching back to the early 80s. However, people are notoriously bad at describing why they made decisions, especially poorly-constrained decisions like "why didn't you study field X?" Observation of behavior are more reliable measures of preferences than asking people what their preferences are.

That said, I still recommend reading the recent Girl Scout study of teenagers. The number one concern when discussing STEM fields was "women have to work harder than men to be taken seriously."

Submission + - Internet Access Negatively Correlated With Women's Enrollment in Computer Scienc (

MoriT writes: "There is currently a responsibility-dodging contest between industry and academia over who is to blame for the declining enrollment of women in Computer Science and declining employment of women in software development. I hear people in industry bemoan the "empty pipeline", while academics maintain that women aren't entering their programs because of perceptions of the industry. I have compiled some data that may help resolve the question by highlighting a third factor common to both: access to an Internet-based culture of computing."

Comment Funny that (Score 1) 886

Our profession is the bottom twenty of gender parity and we wonder why we don't have enough employees. Unless the lack of women makes it super-extra-appealing to men I'd assume programmers would be about 20% rarer than other similar professions with 40% participation by women.

Comment Eventually, we'll all give up and be criminals (Score 1) 536

Guess I'll keep illegally listening to those downloads. I started out downloading music because I was broke and lazy, now I consider it civil disobedience. Thanks music industry! Until juries start refusing to enforce ridiculous laws and people refuse to follow them, the thought police will keep criminalizing the most basic of human instincts: to share stories around a campfire.

Comment Re:Here we go! (Score 1) 699

They don't show anything internal, so body cavity bombs wouldn't show up even after the cancer-causing scan anyway. Have you even looked at the studies? Why do you want the illusion of safety at all? I'd much rather feel unsafe and be alive than feel safe and die, personally. Of course, I've watched knives be accidentally carried on planes multiple times, so I am certain security is nothing but theater.

We're lucky that there are only a few terrorists in the world and most of them, like most everyone, aren't particularly good at what they do. After all, if they were smart they'd have launched a front corporation to funnel money through to Republican-supporting PACs and try to get Congress to refuse to raise the debt ceiling again next time it comes up. A default would cause far more American infidel pain and suffering than another terrorist attack.

Comment Re:C programmers? Wanted! (Score 1) 582

The way a handax is a very powerful tool. Sometimes it's the simplest, cheapest tool. Sometimes it's the tool you have on hand. Sometimes it's the only tool you have access to (say in some place without electricity). Sometimes you want to use one tool for any number of jobs. However, it is very seldom the "best" tool; it is just the most commonly used one.

Comment Re:Hague Treaty (Score 1) 172

Rape is gendered because it is gendered violence. Men who are targeted (and men make up 15% of rape victims) are more likely to be children or teenagers than female survivors, and more likely to have intersecting oppressions otherwise. Rape is a crime of power, and men of perceived lower status are vulnerable just like women. However, if we actually want to prevent rape we need to stop rapists from raping. That means targeting the men who commit rape is the most effective solution, since men commit 98% of rapes. If we wipe out 96% of rapes and suddenly rapists are gender-balanced, it will make sense to focus equal resources. However, both male and female survivors will be best served by dismantling the patriarchy that enables rape culture, that makes rapes against women "natural" and rapes against men a joke. There is nothing anti-male about it; it is anti-patriarchy, which harms both men and women.

If there are men reading this who seek support, resources do exist. has links to national hotlines that can provide referrals.

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