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Male Chauvinistic Attitudes in Tech

Reader Redux: On Chauvinistic Male Attitudes in Tech

We told you what CES was like for a woman, but then asked you ladies to tell us what the tech industry is like for you. We got a ton of responses, most of which reinforce the theory that women are still the underdogs in the tech industry. Find out what your geeky comrades had to say below:

  • "No wonder during CES 2009 they shared spaces with a porn convention! All kidding aside, women are just as capable as men to discuss electronics and engage in interesting conversation about future trends in the industry. I love gadgets and would have enjoyed tremendously visiting CES and learning about cutting edge products that can improve our lives, make it more exciting and bridge the distance gap. I would like to point out that my experiences overall have been positive especially at electronic stores; half the time I know more about the product than the salesman. I don't know if that intimidates them or makes them uncomfortable, but I am glad to show them that women do know about technology!" — Roxanne R.
  • "It's more prevalent than we realize even today where more and more woman are IT professionals than in the past. When I first joined the military there were very few IT women and even fewer of them new their job well enough to work unsupervised. These sorts of women made it hard for me straight off the back. I cannot tell you how many months a man had to go with me on jobs to 'supervise' my work. Was it their fault they felt I couldn't do it? Not entirely since many women before me had proven they could not or would not do the task well. It took a long time before I was able to prove that not only could I do but that I could train another to do it by myself. I'm not trying to cut the men that do it some slack but perhaps it's not entirely their fault when other women haven't lived up to the potential they posses and only further a narrow minded stereotype." — Geek Faerie

See more responses after the break.

  • "This is my life. I've been an Apple Sys Admin for an Apple Authorized Service Provider for 11 years. I only really have had issues from male PC Sys Admins that are working in companies that have a small group of Macs that they outsource the support for them. At times it feels like they are 'marking their territory' by trying to talk down to me. Fortunately I am good at my job and by making things that they can't do look easy it generally shuts them up. Just annoying that I'm constantly being tested." — Marilyn H.
  • "Oh man, I used to work at an Apple Store; the only girl at the Genius bar. Not only did I clean up all the messes of my idiot male co-workers, I had to put up with customers who thought that because they were men they were smarter than me. If you have a problem with you Mac, and you're smarter than me, then why did you come all the way down to the Apple Store just to belittle me and tell me you can fix it yourself?! I think it's a guy thing. I know there are a lot of amazing men that aren't chauvinistic, but there are plenty that are, especially in technology, which is primarily a men's world. I know for a fact there are a lot of women smarter than men that can hold their own in heavy technical conversations. Some guys are just babies and refuse to acknowledge that. I typically tend to avoid these men." — sgpaol
  • "Yes, I've dealt with this, and I don't think it has anything to do with the convention being in Vegas. Last year I had a convention in Orlando, and part of it was an expo for manufacturers to show off products. I was completely ignored by the men at the booths as I walked around, even if showed interest in their product and picked up material from their area. I could almost hear them thinking, 'She's a woman, so she clearly would not be able to understand our product. I'm not wasting my breath on a girl.' Even more disgusting, many of the companies actually hired models and other nice-looking females (some in professional attire, but most were not; think low-cut shirts and mini skirts) to entice men to come to their booth. I was incredibly offended that any company uses this as a promotional tactic, like that's all that women are good for. And as I mentioned this to male cohorts, I was questioned as to why this bothered me at all. That made it clear that they don't get it and probably never will. In my industry, it takes a lot for a woman to 'prove' herself to the guys. Standards are set high. Sadly, men are not held to these same performance levels." — refinedharmony
  • "I'm a game developer, so I have tons of stories. Although most of my horror stories either involve gamers or aspiring game devs, not people who are currently in the industry. So that's encouraging!" — aniline

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