In "Women in computing: first,
get the problem right", ESR explains that everyone else just
misunderstood the problems that keep women away from computing and other
technical fields; and that although achieving equality is precluded by
difference in dispersion of the IQ curves, his
insights can help to establish the
large, happy female
minority that is the best we can hope for in its stead.
Talking about prejudice in this context is
lazy, stupid, [and]
wrong, and the real reason women bail out of computing
is that they have short fertile periods, and their biological instincts
tell them not to waste time on the
warrior-ethic ways of
By these and other bold observations, ESR demonstrates the honesty and
speak uncomfortable truths that are
prerequisite to addressing the problem. For example:
I don't mean to deny that there is still prejudice against women lurking
in dark corners of the field.
Prejudice. Lurking in dark corners. Who would have thought it?
I'll file this article away right next to his equally-insightful
“Sex tips for geeks”.