Thursday, April 27, 2006

New rules

1. If you want to criticize question "discuss" my choices about how I mentor women CS students, you must at least first read Unlocking the Clubhouse. I'm not saying you have to agree with the authors, but we need to have a base understanding of the underlying issues first. Think of it as Gender Studies 101 for the CS crowd.

2. If your sentence starts out with "I am a big feminist, but...", perhaps you should rethink the second half of your sentence, or at least rephrase the first half.

6 comments:

What Now? said...

Jane -- Uh oh, does this indicate more difficulties from the men in your department?

Anonymous Economist said...

I am a big feminist, but, I am also a supporter of free documentation. So what do you say to having Ellen Spertus' Why are There so Few Female Computer Scientists? as an alternative reading for your GS_in_CS_101 course? (the site mentions a $8 cost, but the whole report is available for free download).

Jane said...

WN, yes unfortunately there are new problems. Well, at least an extremely frustrating "discussion" with a colleague the other day. Sigh. I'm just so sick of feeling like I have to censor every damn thing I say around my colleagues, because god forbid I make them feel *uncomfortable*!

AnonEcon, that essay is a great link as well. I would say either one is acceptable required reading for Gender Studies in CS 101. :)

sb said...

just received this book:
Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World by Paula J. Caplan, it might just turn out to be useful.

HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux should also be mandatory reading :-)

Jane said...

sb, I just got that same book, but haven't read it yet. I'm looking forward to reading it. And that HOWTO is also great.

Hmmm, I'm thinking I *should* propose a CS Gender Studies course! :)

Clyde said...

Oooh, I'd take that course!

I'm going to make a sign that says "Get A Clue" that you can wear around the department.