me: WTF is Konami?
guy friend: this thing from Street Fighter; a cheat code maybe?
I even played that game, but I don’t remember that. Just another example of coding being a dude’s world. More on this later.
Update 3/27/14: here’s the “more on this later” -
It’s difficult to discuss this issue because what causes the “shut-out” of females in computer coding are subtle and sometimes non-noticeable issues, such as this Konami code example.
Sure, I’m confident that there are ladies out there who know what the Konami code is and how to work it. But for the majority of us, video games were and still are a dude’s world. And I don’t say that because most of them are focused on “boy” subjects; lately, FPS (first-person shooter) games have been all the rage. I don’t think they’re gender-specific, necessarily, but most of the main characters in video games are dudes.
We studied this a lot in my race and gender technology class last semester. There are no scientific evidence or studies to prove it yet, but the dude culture of video games bled over into the world of programming and coding. After all, if ladies weren’t encouraged to “wonk” around on video games as children, why would we suddenly start wonking around on computers as adults?
(well, ‘cause sometimes we fall in love with data journalism, you see, but that’s another story…)
Anyway, I hope this dude culture and the world of “brogrammers” doesn’t last long. It won’t, anyway, not if I can help it.
Peace love and Python <3