Code Like You're Awesome, Awesome

Hello all you fabulous ladies and gentlemen! I've got something to say about gender today.

I am a female, and I write code. I've been doing it for about 10 years. I know that some of you think that only men code, and that some of you think think that only men can code. And others of you (probably most of you) are totally aware of the fact that women can and do code, but you don't know any, so you think it doesn't matter.

When you talk about coding in your blog, and you use gender exclusive language, it sucks. I have 8 brothers, so I know a little something about how to get around in a culture of dudes (or at least, I like to think I do). Not all women do.

I think that y'all are wonderful, and I love reading what you write. I'd take it as a personal favor though if you'd stop and think before writing a simple sentence like "Code Like a Man, Man". Don't get me wrong, the post was hilarious, and I installed Sublime Text 2, and enjoyed it. And I know it was a quote from a hilarious commercial that we all love.

I like working with you guys and gals, and I love my job, and I love this field. Gender exclusive statements, though, are a self-fulfilling prophecy. If people act or talk or write like only men can be programmers and women are only ever PMs or designers, then a lot of people will just accept it without even thinking. Men might start to feel like they can't be designers, because it's a "girly" job. We hear things like, "it's a right brain job, and I'm a guy, I can only do left brain jobs." You don't like it, I don't like it, my designers buddies don't like it.

Everybody justs wants to do what they love.

I'm not bringing this up to make you feel bad. I don't think you should! Everybody has their own personal style, and as far as I'm concerned, people should just own their own style and love it, contrary to what some programmers think. It's part of what makes you who you are, and it's part of what makes hacker culture so awesome. And I know that a lot of hacker culture is starting to revolve more around machismo and bro-ing it up, because we want our culture to be seen as "hip".

I'm just asking you to take a moment to think about it before you hit the submit button, consigning our culture to be one that stereotypes out a whole gender.

So go. Code like you're awesome, Awesome.

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