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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Debug 34: Sexism in tech

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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+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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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.)

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

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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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+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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