Debug 34: Sexism in tech

Debug is Mobile Nations developer podcast. This week, however, we're doing something different. We're bringing together a panel of developers and designers, CEOs and senior editors, of women in the tech industry to talk about how women are treated and mistreated in the tech industry. Join Serenity Caldwell of Macworld/TechHive, Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH, and Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat as share their experiences and insight on sexism in the tech industry, from coworkers to clients to conventions to culture and beyond.

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There are 24 comments

milliman says:

You should stick to the tech news and stay away from social commentary. The nice thing about Mobile Nations is that it sticks to what it knows best.

A895 says:

You mean tech related issues? Because this goes along with tech, and was posted in all mobile nations sites.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I disagree, as part of the tech/media industry I think it's a good thing for them to point out and attempt to fix the issues which affect it.

If they don't care about their own industry, how could they expect anyone else to?

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We (as a website as well as the folks on this podcast) have never been afraid to speak our minds about topics important to us.

And we're not about to stop now.

fuzzylumpkin says:

And I applaud you for it. It's one of the reasons I stick around, I don't just want a bunch of robots feeding me spec sheets (much as I love a good spec sheet!) I want people who's opinions I can trust, if not necessarily agree with! :p

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icebubba says:

Much appreciated. This been going on for decades, long before smartphones were a twinkle in anyone's eye.

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twelkit says:

Mobile nations should have more full-time female contributors/podcasters.

Having a separate show discussing the issues with women and the tech industry doesn't solve the problem.

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I agree. And I agree.

zackmack7 says:

+1 I agree. Its part of the industry. Mobile nations is socially responsible for speaking on issues such as gender inequality.

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worknman says:

IMO, too many of these tech sites seem to feel like it is their 'duty' to report on stuff like this, where the content comes off more like political rants than anything having directly to do with what they're actually supposed to be covering. Case in point is OSNews.com, where the guy running the site has essentially turned it into a soapbox.

If I really cared that much about your opinions on sexism in tech, NSA spying, privacy rights, etc, I would read your personal blogs. (And I'm sure you have one.)

ScottJ says:

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

vansmack says:

Or you could just not click it if it bothers you.

Kudos to Mobile Nations for diversifying it's content.

twelkit says:

That's what everyone said about the "so called" NSFW wallpapers on the app, but they were still removed.

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ScottJ says:

Want some cheese with your whine?

twelkit says:

What are you talking about?

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luke31 says:

What game is that in the screenshot?

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ncweber00 says:

Revolution 60 from Giant Spacekat. http://www.revolution60.com

luke31 says:

Awesome, thanks! Looks like it won't be coming to Android though :(

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Rene Ritchie says:

It's Unreal, so never say never.

seanjenkins says:

This podcast sounds like it would be similar to an episode of Loose Women.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I think you may be part of the problem :/

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codeda says:

I for one appreciate this. I'm not a developer or in tech, but can imagine it's frustrating. As a woman who knows her tech, it is frustrating just walking in to a store and being talked at like I'm a moron. Going to give it a listen.

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troshs says:

+1. I work in electronics at my store and way too often I get asked if there is a "man" around to talk to. Or sometimes they phrase it as "someone who knows what he's doing"....

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Warrenisit says:

Make me a sammich and shhh!