my neighbor and i talked about unions yesterday. he, a teacher at a local high school, asked, "are there any programmer unions? why not?"

"it's a long story. to make it short: is it so surprising that a discipline deployed primarily to disenfranchise labor would struggle to enfranchise itself?"

he laughed.

"the long version of that story is a tome about computer science education and the hacker mythos."


@kropot oh, here's one:

> Starting in the late 1960’s, men realized programming was actually really hard, and thus, prestigious. That meant it was lucrative and valuable, and (some) men didn’t want women enjoying all the benefits of that. As researcher and historian Nathan Ensmenger helped reveal, professional organizations, smear marketing and ad campaigns were created that discouraged the hiring of women into computer science and programming roles. Meanwhile, aptitude tests were made (by men) that favored men in their evaluation steps, and the answers to those tests were circulated across male-only groups like fraternities. (Worth noting: women being shamed into or out of things via advertising has tremendous historical precedent.)

@garbados @kropot there's also the book "Programmed Inequality" by Marie Hicks that dissects a disastrous form of this in the UK, and how deliberate, strained feminization and de-feminization pushes lost them their considerable headstart in the industry.

@garbados @kropot Seems likely that the impetus was less realizing that programming is hard (plenty of jobs are hard and yet socially gendered as female) as realizing that programming is powerful — i.e. that it would be the language used to condition labor.

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