BBC admits its viral “women write better code” story was fake news

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  1. lecter

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    On 12 February 2016, the BBC published an article with the ridiculous headline “Women write better code, study suggests“. This claim was a BBC exaggeration of an already questionable study, based on pull requests to Git Hub, a site which doesn’t even mention the gender of its users.

    The non peer-reviewed paper and the BBC’s cherry-picking of its findings was almost instantly and comprehensively debunked online. Some key facts to note are as follows:

    • There are obvious issues in attempting to identify someone’s gender online
    • There are far more male users on GitHub then one could argue that men are in fact far better at coding because far more are actually doing it and many women are missing in action. Perhaps the small number of women who get involved are marginally better on average, but they would still be vastly outnumbered by men who are equally or more capable.
    • The media have cherry-picked data from the study which also showed clear bias towards those openly identifying themselves as female in many areas.


    Gender studies based on fucking GitHub pull requests <36>
    https://hequal.wordpress.com/2016/1...-women-write-better-code-story-was-fake-news/

    Be careful when reading anything, always fact-check things you find interesting or important.
     
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    I remember reading that thread on here lmao
     
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    What do viral women have to do with BBC?
     
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    Most mainstream media is retarded.
    BBC is no exception
     
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    More fake news from mainstream media to further push their bullshit narratives.

    In hindsight it's hilarious how many sites accepted this study as locked on definitive proof, for example:

    https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/women-are-better-at-coding-than-men

    Could you imagine them reporting on this if the findings suggested the reverse? or would they insist Misogyny and Sexism is the issue.
     
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    hurr durr women can't be sexist

    sexism is privilege + power or something
     
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    As an asian nerd with a minor in Computer Science, the weird ass girls who went to CompSci didn't code shit b/c.
    1. they got other nerd boys to code for them
    2. girls cannot, on a mental level, understand code

    Of course there are savants, like this one badass bitch that coded the Apollo lander
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    This gender identity politic crap has got to stop, especially the rise of radical feminism.

    "Girls can do any job boys can do, even better."
    "We can solve world hunger by empowering women." <- Not kidding you, I saw this poster at a mall.

    What's next? Women have bigger penises than men? Patriarchy causes earthquakes?
     
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    Meh, today alone I've seen "women are better drivers," "women are better (film) directors," "Women have more empathy," "Women are better soccer players," and "women are better leaders" articles show up on my facebook. Hey, don't get me wrong, I believe we can compete in any of these areas outside of soccer, but the feminists really seem to be pushing their agenda leading into the new year.
     
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    I think that's got more to do with the fact that the study quoted here seemed counterintuitive. Imagine a study that says men are better listeners, more empathic or cook better. That would obviously get published because it would be surprising and thus generate attention.
     
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    I think it's funny how it has become racist/sexist to simply judge everyone by the same standards and stop taking race/gender into consideration.
     
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    I just read in the news that Obama was a good president HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
     
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    Diversity has become a bit of a focus at my company in the past couple of months which resulted in singling out some of the female engineers and promoting their work through presentations, demos, blogs, etc. A couple of them took exception to it, saying that their code can't be determined as feminine through inspection, so why should they be treated differently? Put a quick end to that.


    It's too bad that people feel the need to push their narrative through deception. It's not like there aren't any awesome female programmers they couldn't have profiled instead.
     
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    If Feminists and the Marxist equal outcome serpent invade computer science and demand 50% of coders to be women then it's going to cause massive dysfunction.

    But will that stop them? They've made some attempts at trying to present it as 'muh patriarchy oppression' but it will be an uphill battle.

    They are good paying jobs, so it will look juicy to the political activists that know nothing beyond their ideology. They wouldn't want to become coders themselves of though, of course.

    To be determined!
     
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    There are 2 types of coders, those who do it for fun and those who do it professionally, with a little bit of overlap.

    There are way more men who fit into former category and i doubt women will ever be able to compete there. However, on the professional level women can compete if they enjoy the process and are self driven.

    Keep in mind that from the 50s to the late 70s, women made up over 1/3 of all programmers. It wasnt until the late 80s that there was a surge of young males that have now come to dominate the field.

    Uncle Bob Martin has several youtube presentations on this.
     
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    Of course women can be good coders. That was never a question. The only problem is that none go into STEM fields because feminists shill social sciences and create bullshit fields like gender studies or sexuality studies (which they market almost exclusively to women), which creates a big talent drain. Its self-fullfilling. All the women complain they that there are no women in technical fields...so they all study gender studies to become activists against it...leading to generation after generation of women being railroaded away from studying technical fields.
     
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    There are also *gasp* differences in the sexes that make men naturally gravitate to different things than women do, in a general sense.

    It often comes down to a matter of desire, and that is only partly environmental.

    People tend to gain aptitude in things that interest them.
     

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