Avi Muchnick

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"Reverse sexism" in tech isn’t sexism

TechCrunch ran an article on a new startup accelerator geared towards women-founded mobile companies. Of course this immediately attracted trolls. I saw the following comment by a TechCrunch reader named Chad Moran:

If men did this it would be considered sexist… just sayin’

It had 6 likes, which bothered me more than the comment itself. I replied:

I hear this argument all the time for different underrepresented demographic groups. It’s a weak argument. The point of groups like this is to bring equality to the industry as a whole. An over-represented group should not be given tools to maintain it’s dominance. That’s not just sexist or racist or bigoted: It’s inequitable.

Chad wrote back:

Avi Muchnick I don’t think the tech industry is against Women at all. I think it’s just been a lack of momentum and drive. I’m all for Women in tech and support their want to be accepted into such an industry. However it’s true. If men created a “pro men” group it would be criticized every which way for even existing.

Ouch. “Lack of momentum and drive?” Not even worth addressing that. My final point to Chad:

Chad Moran Yes, it would be criticized because it doesn’t need to exist in order to help men out. It’s a pointless group whose existence is really predicated on keeping women out of tech, rather then keeping men in.

I think any movement that is founded for the purpose of boosting an (unfairly) underrepresented minority in an industry should not be viewed the same as a movement founded for the purpose of maintaining an unfair monopoly.

  1. stephenlovell said: The entire argument is moot anyway. Studies, articles, etc. have shown that in all likelihood the culprit to less women in the startup industry is a result of THEIR choice to do other things. How is that a problem?
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