Software developers have horrible girlfriends, according to software developers about to have no girlfriends

They complain, they interrupt, they don't play well with others. But hey, they're beautiful, so that's something

Topics: atlas, maven, Sexism, software, tech industry, ,

Software developers have horrible girlfriends, according to software developers about to have no girlfriends (Credit: auremar via Shutterstock)

If you peruse the pictures of the executive staff and board of directors of Atlassian, a company that makes software development and collaboration tools, you will find only one woman included in a group of twenty people. Maybe that’s all the information you need to know to understand the genesis of an incredibly sexist slide that appeared during a presentation at Atlas Camp, an annual convention devoted to all things Atlassian. If you subtract women from the general population, men get stupid.

Maven is a open-source software tool tool that helps software developers manage the software development process. Presumably, the software developer who was presenting at Atlas Camp isn’t fully satisfied with how Maven operates, otherwise he wouldn’t have accused it of complaining “a lot,” interrupting him when was working, and not playing well with others.

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These are all fair criticisms of a piece of software. But how isolated does one have to be from current debates about sexism and the tech industry to lump all these criticisms together as characteristics one would associate with a girlfriend? This is 1950s-era gender dialogue, and it is  tupefying to see it presented on stage for laughs in 2014.

It’s always worth remembering: The people building our future probably still chuckle at The Lockhorns.

Andrew Leonard
Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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