This article by @heydonworks on reluctant gatekeeping becomes more and more relevant and it makes me sad http://www.heydonworks.com/article/reluctant-gatekeeping-the-problem-with-full-stack
/end rant (for now)
Clarification: I said I "SEE amazing women" struggle, this is based on what I SEE w my friends. Some people seem to want to interpret this as "only women struggle" but I never said that.
But if you really want to go towards the gender discussion, read this https://twitter.com/betsythemuffin/status/1090342513054007296
I was absolutely an HTML person. But when they started asking for SQL, I became a writer instead.
@DialMforMara I hate the fact that you are now "yet another one" in my list of people who changed career because of different gatekeepers
@stephaniewalter this started well before I had a career. In high school, I enjoyed HTML and CSS but had a teacher who told me I wasn't creative enough to be a programmer.
This teacher delighted in throwing us into the deep end with new languages, and decided that I was weak for wanting actual instruction in how to use them and suggestions for what to make with them.
In college, I had two good coding classes specifically aimed at linguists, and that gave me false hope.
@stephaniewalter the two coding classes I took *after* the two good ones had horrible teachers and unfriendly class environments.
On the one hand, I did enjoy programming, and am sad and frustrated to have been shut out of it by the culture. On the other hand, I've since learned that I can find work writing, which is something I've wanted to do for much longer than I've known coding was a job.
@DialMforMara that's super sad to read, and it's even more sad that I read a lot of stories like that, like, you are not alone but that doesn't make it right.
Are you programing skills an asset in the translation world though? I used to do technical translation with trados and tools like that and we had to translate strings of code, it helped a little bit knowing the code ^^
@stephaniewalter translation? I'm just doing technical writing in English, and what I get from my programming training is the ability to know when to say "can you explain this in more detail so I can tell whether the wording is correct"
@DialMforMara haa sorry my mistake I thought you were also doing technical translations. I think I'm biased by a friend who asked me this morning about a technical translator haaa sorry
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