Women in IT article and its answer ‘song’

May 22, 2008

Back in the 20th century, especially in country music, in was fairly common for songwriters/performers to create answer songs to respond to the message in another recording. Often, the back and forth involved a response from a male or female performer to another of the opposite gender. One of the best examples of this from the 1950s is the recording "It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels ", country artist Kitty Wells ‘s response to Hank Thompson ‘s "The Wild Side of Life ." Hank’s song is about sowing his wild oats, playing the field, whatever terms in use in the 20th century for sleeping around. Wells defends womanhood with her answer. Battle of the sexes (genders). Hip-hop is full of answer song (raps) examples involving controversies over the libidos of the artists, whose hood is better, etc.

Anyhow, this is what this article , "Are There Too Many Women in IT?" and its ‘answer song’ reply posting, "An Open Letter to Girls Considering a Career in IT" reminds me of. On first take it seems like a battle of the genders. The first article’s title is merely provocative, saying at the end that "we should be telling both girls and boys what we really believe to be true: that focusing on being trendy and fashionable is hollow and irrelevant, and that a career in IT is interesting and challenging. The kids who dismiss that argument aren’t cut out for IT and shouldn’t be persuaded to devote their careers to it. " IOW, IT is a staid career like other professions and the kewl image that nerds have (?!) ain’t what it is or where it is. The ‘answer’ says that girls like to be trendy and fashionable, and geek guys who are into them are hot, and have lots of money. I think. OK, on the second thought this really isn’t a battle of the genders but more like a hip hop answer.  



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