Nerd tendencies?

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Professor Liz Bacon who is President of the British Computer Society has said – perfectly reasonably – the nerdy image of the IT industry does it no favours when attracting women into the industry.

She went on to say “I think there are huge problems around [IT] having a ‘nerdy’ image. If you look at the media representation of IT professionals, it’s not cool. Most of the time, if you think of an IT person in the media it’s going to be the unwashed nerd in the corner with a ponytail and sandals that doesn’t have a girlfriend.”

For the avoidance of doubt can I stress:

1. I shower every day.
2. A ponytail is sadly a technical impossibility.
3. I own no sandals.
4. I have a girlfriend (AKA partner).

Christopher Macgowan
@chrismacgowan

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