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Grad Cohort 2010 [Apr. 23rd, 2010|04:20 am]
Lindsey Kuper

Oh, hey, I seem to be in Seattle for Grad Cohort!

I'm happy to be here, although it remains hard to shake my fundamental ambivalence about women-in-computing events. On the one hand, to me, gender just doesn't seem like a particularly meaningful way to divide up computer scientists. Dividing us up by research interest, or by phase of career, would be more meaningful.

On the other hand -- and I'm always pleasantly surprised by this -- I really do get something out of it whenever I have a conversation with a group consisting of only women, which is something that pretty much never happens in everyday life, considering that ninety percent of my colleagues are men. And, if nothing else, it's a free trip to a place where hotel rooms apparently contain actual ceramic coffee mugs, actual half and half, and actual Lavazza. That should come in handy in a few hours.


From: ext_232487
2010-04-23 03:29 pm (UTC)
It'd be pretty fascinating to read more about the differences between conversations with mixed-gender groups and conversations with groups consisting of only women.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-04-26 12:45 am (UTC)
A cursory Google search indicates that this has been studied. Personally, though, I can't put my finger on how it feels different. It's not that it's necessarily better to talk to a group of women, but it's definitely refreshing.

Edited at 2010-04-27 06:23 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: floydcollins
2010-04-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
I found that my Invisible Queers group at PyCon was very valuable for finding programmers I actually liked :)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-04-26 01:06 am (UTC)
I don't seem to have a lot of trouble finding programmers that I would like to hang out with. On the other hand, I don't seem to have a lot of trouble finding programmers that I wouldn't like to hang out with, either.
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