[Pharo-users] Code of Conduct

Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas offray.luna at mutabit.com
Tue Sep 24 10:58:21 EDT 2019

I'll leave some research links that show a critical approach on how
technology can be used for discrimination and to create discriminatory
environments, even in places where technology is created:

  * http://codingplaces.net/
  * https://bookbook.pubpub.org/data-feminism
  * https://data-activism.net/

But of course a proper discussion goes beyond links, providing numbers
or short answers. Showing discrimination at airports is not a casual
link to show discrimination on this community, but the fact that code is
not created "ex nihilo" as the previous links show and recognizing that
is important. A CoC accounts for that.

But I think that the thread is becoming to long and noisy.

So Peter, Richard and Steve and anyone else intereste, let's discuss
this elsewhere. I will not answer more on this list, except to provide a
place where discussion can happen in a deeper context without polluting
the main mailing list.



On 23/09/19 10:24 p. m., Richard O'Keefe wrote:
> Let's look at some official numbers.
> Looking at https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/11-01-2018/sfr247-higher-education-student-statistics/qualifications
> we see that overall, female graduates outnumbered male graduates about
> 4 to 3 in each of the three years
> recorded.  The imbalance in science graduates was less, but it was
> still consistently women significantly
> outnumbering men.  Computer science stood out as consistently about 4
> men to 1 woman, and Computer
> Science departments are tying themselves into knots trying to figure
> out what to do about it.  Meanwhile,
> nobody worries that "subjects allied to medicine" was about 4 women to 1 man.
> If there are models explaining that "colleges" are set up to favour
> white males, why are women succeeding
> so much more than men?
> In my own country, ten years ago the main newspaper ran an article
> pointing out that "Two-thirds of bachelor
> degrees last year went to women, the highest figure on record" and
> that "Women have outnumbered men
> in the tertiary sector for more than a decade", blaming "a secondary
> school system which may discourage
> or poorly prepare boys for further learning".
> Look now at Canada.
> https://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/education/gender-gap-tertiary.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
> tells us that "Canadian women aged 25 to 64 are 17 per cent more
> likely than Canadian men to have a tertiary education.
> The imbalance in educational attainment between Canadian men and women
> has increased over the past decade,
> raising questions about whether higher education in Canada is becoming
> less hospitable to male learners."  This is not new.
> "the overall gender imbalance tipped in women’s favour in Canada in
> the early 1990s.  ...
> Many are asking whether there is a 'boy crisis' in education and
> wondering what can be done to address it. In fact, a
> growing 'boy gap' in education can be seen across OECD countries, with
> the problem beginning long before students
>  reach post-secondary age. According to a recent report, 'boys, as a
> group, rank behind girls by nearly every measure
> of scholastic achievement'—including reading and writing scores—and
> they are 'also more likely to be picked out for
> behavioural problems, more likely to repeat a grade and to drop out of
> school altogether.”  "when we examine th
> more recent cohort of graduates—those aged 25 to 34—nearly every
> country has a gender imbalance that favours
> women. In most cases, moreover, women’s advantage has become much more
> pronounced."
> So models that explain why colleges favour white males are rather like
> models that explain why the sun is dark.
> If "colleges" are set up to favour white males, they are doing a
> catastrophically bad job of it.  So much so that I
> have been glad I have daughters, not sons.
> If you want to say that Computer Science numbers are due to some sort
> of discriminatory environment rather than
> preference, then you have to explain the equally large imbalance the
> other way in "medicine-related subjects" as
> discrimination rather than preference.
> On Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 02:39, Stephan Eggermont <stephan at stack.nl> wrote:
>> Steve Quezadas <steveeq1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Your interpreting this information with a SJW lens.
>> SJW is a political construct from the extreme right. As a straight white
>> male from Western Europe I have seen enough discriminatory practices
>> applied to less privileged friends to know there is a problem. And as I can
>> afford to speak up, I do.
>>> Look at the low proportion of blacks and women who
>>> apply for CS majors in college. Are you going to say that colleges are
>>> using discriminatory practices to keep blacks and women from taking CS
>>> classes?
>> Yes, the colleges are set up to make it easier for white males to succeed.
>> There are enough models explaining why that happens
>>> Maybe the bulk of the low recruitment statistics is simply due to
>>> non-interest within that sub-culture.
>> Back to identity politics?
>> Stephan
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