On Mon, Jun 19, 2000 at 11:49:07AM +0100, John P. Looney (Kate) wrote:
> If more and more girls are to get into computing, they will have to be
> provided with an environment where from early on, they can produce
> something useful. Programming that *does stuff*, not that prints text to
> the screen. The web is a perfect way of doing this. Get kids making web
> pages - simplest way of making something "useful".
>> Could any women on the list comment on this (take me out over being
> simple, etc) ?
while you never mention it, it seems an easy assumption that you're
implying that two x chromosomes yield a lack of hack appreciation,
while an x/y combo yields an insatiable desire to hack. in the room
behind me i can point out a virtual zoo of marketting weasels to
counteract that description (though they do gawk incomprehensibly
at new car engines out front on occasion) on the male side. and
after purchasing a wet/dry electric shaver that recharges with no
metal contacts i had to refuse a female coworker's request to take
it apart to see how it worked.
while i'm sure there's a genetic component to our behaviours, at best it
provides a range of abilities. i might have the genetic stuff to be a
farmer and do all the physical work involved (and i have the relatives
to prove it) but years of sitting on my ass in front of a keyboard have
heightened my chances of a massive coronary while moving bales of hay.
perhaps parenting classes would help in this regard...
actually lunch would help at the moment, so i'm outta here!
kevin at suberic.net "we were goin' for breakfast. in canada. we
fork()'ed on 37058400 made a deal: if she'd stop hookin', i'd stop
meatspace place: work shootin' people. maybe we were aiming high."
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