Friday, March 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

Well, there's something to this:
A commenter linked to this article about a software developer who was fired “after making sexual jokes in the audience during a keynote session at PyCon, a conference for Python developers.”

Software developers are nerds who don’t know how to behave around women. Because of this, they often will make inappropriate talk like the kind cited in the article. They don’t do this because they are evil and mean-spirited, they do it because they are nerds who don’t know how to behave around women.

And the reason they don’t know how to behave around women is because girls avoided them like the bubonic plague when they were in high school and middle school, and maybe even in college, so they never got to have any experience with hanging out with the opposite sex.
You'll have to click through for the punchline.


kx59 said...

I heard about this on radio on the way home this evening. I heard the complainant go fired too because of the backlash on twitter.
I've no idea if that is accurate or not, but the computer fields do attract the socially inept. I come across them frequently.
There is nothing unusual about this. For comparison, go work construction for a while, and then tell me how socially maladjusted computer nerds are.

Divemedic said...

This isn't about social ineptness. Any man is fair game to any woman who wants to take anything he says and make a complaint.

I was teaching a 6 hour class on anatomy and physiology, and when I reached the genitourinary system, a woman complained that I used words like "ovum, sperm, penis, vagina, and gonads."

I was dismissed by the school because the woman complained. The administrator told me that I should have used words like "vajayjay" and "male parts" so that women wouldn't be offended.

Anonymous said...

As for being odd it's completely true our company replaced the carpets at our workplace which upset our more autistic colleagues because they couldn't figure out the pattern and as there wasn't one it drove them crazy.
As for sexual harassment and young wimmins/gay men being offended the worm has turned and it is now unofficial policy in lots of departments not to hire the easily offended. It saves on lawsuits.

lelnet said...

Well, the guy got fired for not knowing "how to behave around women" (aka, how to behave when you're having a chat with your friend in a place where a woman might be able to eavesdrop on you). He was, if I understand, a software developer...a job which didn't used to require that skill. And at the few employers that haven't utterly caved to PC madness, still generally doesn't.

The woman, on the other hand, got fired for not knowing how to behave around software developers. She was a "developer evangelist", so I suspect that "not pissing off every software developer on the internet while making your employer's name synonymous with censorious asshattery by fraudulently claiming their support of your hateful vendetta against a total stranger" could reasonably be considered a core requirement of _her_ job.