While many of us women still feel that it’s the men who get all the benefits, even in today’s society. There are also a lot of men who thinks quite the opposite. We have interviewed one of those people, Erik Nielsen from Perlcritic.org, a software developer from Europe, a continent many of us though was way ahead of the US, when it comes to Women’s rights. A Perl Critic they got both men and women working with software such as PHP, Perl, CHiafrø, ASP etc. Right now they are developing a system for health product called Kreatin, and most of the people workig on that project are women. According to Erik, women are the most privileged. He continues with a few examples. People don’t always expect as a much from a women, due to old fashioned thinking and the fact that there are still a lot of dumb blondes, who don’t know when to keep quiet. Because of this, it’s easier for a women to make an impression, as men, in their subconscion don’t expect as much from a much as from a man. So if the women is hardworking and skilled, she actually has a better chance of being recognized as a man doing the same work. Here I would have to disagree and say that if the man and a woman does the same job equally good, then it’s the man who gets the most attention. Another thing Erik mentioned is the military. If you are born a man, you have a 30% chance of being drafted into the army for 5-12 months, if you are a women you are free to choose if you wish to join or not. I can’t really disagree with that, in a perfect world there shouldn’t be any differences if you are a man or a women, but in a perfect world, you shouldn’t be forced to joined the military at all.
He continues to say that there are even certain jobs such as midwife and a few others that are restricted to women only. So far there arn’t any jobs that women can’t apply to. Even in certain normally male dominated jobs, such as blacksmith or trucker, they are quite happy when a job now and then apply. And if she can do the job as well as a man, she is just more likely to actually get the job. In Erik’s latest project Kreatin, most of the developers are women. He didn’t hire them just because they were women, but because they had better skills than most the men who applied for the job. Because of that 80% of the women on the Kreatin project as now women, and he haven’t regretted it at all. Of couse being a man, in a male dominated society, it’s might be a little to easy to dismiss a womans skills, just because of her gender, but if you actually give them a chance, their skills are often better and they work harder. In many of Erik’s previous projects like Brænde and Briketter, PERL Accelerator and Kostumer, it has mainly been males sitting on most of the jobs. So this time he wanted to take a chance with the women, and so far it seems to have been the right choice.