Sorry, Guys, Girls Can Write for Tech Blogs, Too
Gizmodo's Molly Oswaks clears some things up
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2012 2:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Molly Oswaks is one of two female writers at the tech blog Gizmodo, and you'll get a pretty good sense of how that goes over among male commenters with her post headlined, "Your Nasty, Nerdy Sexism Isn't Cute." Based on the feedback she's gotten, Oswaks is compelled to break the news that technology is not just for guys. She also has to dispel the notion that she must have gotten her job because Gizmodo has a gender quota or ... worse:

"Some of you seem to be under the misguided impression that sexual favors are the only way a woman could possibly end up writing for a tech blog—wrong. And you know what? It's not just wrong, it's rude," she writes. And, for the record, "no mistake I have ever made in a Gizmodo post has anything to do with the fact that you have a penis and I do not." Read the post in full here.

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lvan
Aug 18, 2012 12:53 PM CDT
Ooh female techs feel like a disadvantaged minority but how male secretaries feel is unimportant. If you want to flap your lips about sexism, you should stop encouraging it
Nwambe
Aug 17, 2012 4:28 PM CDT
To be fair Jacqui Cheng's posts at Ars Technica are usually the ones I read the most. I might be in the minority, but I really don't give a fuck what set of genitals you have. It's tech news. The people who think you need male genitals to report on tech news are a spawn of the geeky-guys-in-basements misogyny that was prevalent in the early era of tech. It's changing slowly now, and I sympathize with the writer, but of all the things I read about in tech, I care the least about the genitalia of the writer behind the keyboard.
Dr.Gonzo
Aug 17, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
Wahhhhh, poor baby. If you want guys to like your internet activities, try popping your tits out.