New website, CodeBabes.com, features computer code “tutorials”starring hypersexualized women. Their tagline is “We’re hot, but learning to code is even hotter!,” and every video title has the word “virgin” in it.
THE IMAGE IN THE OP DOESN’T REALLY GIVE ENOUGH CREDIT TO HOW GROSS THIS SHIT IS
jesus CHRIST STOP NERDS
This stuff harms women in STEM fields so much, including girls and young women wanting to get into STEM fields.
In my freshman year of high school, I took a tech/engineering class that was supposed to help me with coding (I want to be a web developer/designer). I ended up being the only girl in the class (the two others dropped out after the first class). The boys in the class harassed me, made sexual jokes about me constantly, threatened me, and even made rape threats/jokes about me in class. One time, I asked for help from the teacher on an assignment and, while he was helping me, one of the students said the teacher was going to rape me (the teacher said nothing to them).
I was freakin’ scared; I went to my school counselor asking her to do something. I was told to get over it. No one in the school did anything, I was told this was expected (the ol’ “boys will be boys”), so I never told my parents and kept silent from then on. I stuck through the class and managed a B, but I can’t even begin to imagine what other women (especially young girls) go through pursuing this and other STEM fields. I was lucky enough to have a supporting family, my mom and dad gave me enough money to take online courses with Women’s Coding Collective. I finally found an accepting community. I’m in college continuing to pursue web development. Many other young women aren’t as lucky. Stop isolating, marginalizing, and pushing women and girls away from STEM fields.