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Frank Meehan Quote About Women and Android

According to INQ's CEO, Pretty Girls Aren't Geeks

According to Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ, pretty girls can't be geeks. This, as told to Mashable during this year's Mobile World Congress. First, let's take a look at the entire quote. Meehan says:


If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry. She doesn't have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It's too complicated. It's a geek device, it's all wrong.

After the Mashable post went live, Meehan went on to say via Twitter that what he meant was, "most people not interested in tech don't get Android yet." Still digging a hole, or a valid argument?

While it seems that Android has always been marketed toward men, I have a number of lady friends who have an Android device and find it preferable over the alternatives. I myself have an iPhone, but that doesn't mean that I think the Android platform is "too complicated." Without using this post as a channel to vent my frustrations about gender bias in the tech world, I'll just say that I'm hoping this "boys club" mentality I find so prevalent comes to an end soon. However, on the other hand, statements like the one coming from Meehan only propel me to work harder, bring down the barriers, and break stereotypes.

What about you — what do you think about Meehan's statements? Tell us in the comments!

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DeadsyDoll DeadsyDoll 6 years
I guess he's never heard about http://androidgals.com/
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
I don't consider myself unattractive and I have an Android phone. But still, I could understand his point if he didn't go the "pretty girls are dumb" route. I agree that most girls use an iPhone or Blackberry, but it's not because Android it's too complicated. There's a variety of reasons. First, girls usually care a lot about the design of their phones, and most Android phones are not exactly lookers, not like the iPhone. Also, for most people, iPhone has the reputation of being the phone to get if you have money for it. And lastly, Android really has been marketed toward men, so it's no surprise that the female market hasn't adhered to it.
ohveryoung ohveryoung 6 years
My best friend is a geek girl and she has an Android phone. She'd die if she was given a Blackberry or IPhone
blissfulgirl blissfulgirl 6 years
I had a twitter exchange with Frank Meehan. He acknowledges his mistake, focuses on providing excellence for female and male users, and gives his team credit for his company's progress. I think we all make mistakes but it is how we handle it that makes the difference. I have a Harvard MBA and understand the underlying point he was trying to make but he did not express it well which he admits.
SocialistLez SocialistLez 6 years
I'm a very attractive woman and I love my Droid X. iPhones are so ubiquitous now, should the owner's gender really matter? Let's focus on the technology, not people's gender.
shellylovesapples shellylovesapples 6 years
With a comment like this, I wonder how many women he has in upper level management at his company. I think that number would be interesting to see in light of this statement.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 6 years
I'm just curious why he thinks the android is "too complicated"... Its not like its rocket science to use a phone.
secondstar secondstar 6 years
I'm pretty sure I could handle an Android, but reading stupid comments like that sure doesn't make me want to buy one.
karyney karyney 6 years
I like to think I'm not ugly and I have an Android phone and love it!
ebirch ebirch 6 years
I'm a geek girl, and pretty at least according to "wow you don't look like an engineer" responses I get when I go out. I don't use an android phone because I don't like their features or design. My Palm works way better as hotspot than the Android phones my friends have. But really, I think one of the main factors for me is size... I have small hands and all the Android phones I have held (so far...) are too big for me to use one handed (although so is the iPhone.
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