The Rise of the Brogrammer

By Deane Barker on April 29, 2012

“Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem: Here’s an article about the apparent growing sexism in the programmer business.

Remember, a few years ago, we discussed the guy who used Playboy’s CyberGirls in his presentation, and then there was the guy who used a running porn metaphor to describe CouchDB.

This article starts off with a similar story about a presenter at SXSW:

He said he’d won over Digg’s elusive cofounders by sending them “bikini shots” from a “nudie calendar” he’d put together with photographs of fellow students posing in their swimsuits.

Van Horn continued with some tips for hiring managers: He cautioned against “gangbang interviews”—screening prospective employees by committee—and made a crack about his fraternity’s recruiting strategy, designed to “attract the hottest girls” on campus. He seemed taken aback when nobody laughed. “C’mon, guys, we all know how it was in college,” he muttered.

The article then launches into a long discussion, complete with too many examples to follow, about how women are marginalized in the programming trade, and how this has led to the rise of the “brogrammer” – a geek who revels in the male-centric culture to the point of being blatantly sexist.

It’s an interesting read.

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