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Date: 2012-09-15 12:29 am (UTC)
megpie71: Impossibility established early takes the sting out of the rest of the obstacles (Impossibility)
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During the "Future of Haskell" discussion, Doaitse Swierstra (a professor of computer science at the University of Utrecht), suggested that a good way to increase the number of Haskell programmers would be to recruit one woman for every man in the room and that this would be a good thing because it would "make the meetings more attractive".

Or, of course, they could be getting me and women like me - the plain ones. The wallpaper women. The women who have their feet stepped on by the men trying to talk to their "pretty friend". The ones who weren't and aren't pursued, and who have largely dropped out of the beauty race because it's no fun putting in the hard yards to try and reach the finish line when you know you're not going to even get any kudos for participation.

Because, let's face it, trying to meet the criteria for "attractiveness" in this society is an exhausting exercise. If I were to be attempting it, it would take every single minute of my conscious day (and I'd probably be having trouble sleeping as well). It wouldn't leave much room for the hard intellectual yakka of actually doing programming, because I'd be attempting to deal with an ever-shifting set of goalposts, and that is hard work in and of itself. Plus, of course, I'd be doing it on a microscopic calorie load, because the major determinant for "attractive" in this society appears to be "thin" (and I don't have the body type or the metabolism for thin). Which would, of course, make intellectual work even more difficult.

I gave up on attempting to look pretty, or attractive, or anything like that years ago. Instead, I work on being valued for the thing I know I have going for me - I'm intelligent and I can turn that intelligence to things like programming. I'm good at intellectual stuff. If I were a guy, that would count. It would be worthy of respect on its own. But of course, because I'm female, that doesn't count if I'm not also an appropriate object for the male gaze. Instead, I just fade into the wallpaper.
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