“Take me! I am available! I am yours!”
While trying to catch up with mail and news from nearly 4 weeks (being on the road and sick) I was reading on the new entries to the old discussion on female speakers. I have talked about this before as well but while reading Rachel Andrew’s article “Diversity thoughts” a thought popped into my mind about the lack of women raising their hands and applying for speaker positions.
Is it possible that social structures are drilled so hard into our behaviour that most women will not raise their hand and say – basically – “Take me! I am available!” because there is a meaning to it which relates to being hookers?
Think about it. You do “sell yourself” or “offer yourself” when you apply. And around tech you do this mostly to men. Then you go up on a stage and – again – sell yourself. Like on a market.
When you promote yourself, some men do call this “whoring myself” – something even as the lightest joke many women would probably not say.
Of course this focusses just on the negative side of it – but bit by bit (this, child care, costs, being uncomfortable with it, old boys club, no ROI for women, no real interest in the topics etc) it leads up to the sum of “I will not apply”.
Tags: the small things