Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hacker School Gets an A on the Bechdel Test
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2013 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
When part of the joy of a place is that gender doesn't matter, it's hard to write about that joy, because calling attention to gender is the opposite of that. I want to illustrate this facet of my Hacker School experience: mostly, Hacker Schoolers of all genders talk about mostly the same things. And we talk about them in all gender combinations -- including, just by chance, among women.
The "Bechdel Test" asks whether a work of fiction includes at least two women with names who talk to each other about something other than a man. Thus in my blog I have an occasional series listing topics I've discussed with other women. My life passes the Bechdel Test! ;-)
So here is an list of some things I've discussed with Hacker School women. (About half the facilitators, cofounders, participants, and residents are women.)
Some Things Hacker School Women Talk About
main()(technically breaks Bechdel?)
pipgets its info (PyPI)
with open('file','r') as f, and the fact that it's a context manager
passfor stub functions or classes instead of
I could make this list probably ten times longer. My point is, if you don't care about gender, Hacker School is awesome. If you're irritated by the tech industry's usual gender crap, Hacker School is blissfully free of it and you can -- if you want -- turn into someone who doesn't care about gender for three months.
You can apply now for the next batch -- apply by Saturday night, December 14th.
cross-posted to Geek Feminism with a cheesy sketch