And not to single anyone out, but when Ted Underwood says:
Miriam Posner has recently suggested that the culture surrounding “coding” serves as a barrier that discourages women and minorities from entering certain precincts of DH. I think that’s right, but I’m even more concerned about the barriers embodied in access to data. Coding is actually not all that hard to pick up. Yes, it’s surrounded by gendered assumptions; but still, you can do it over a summer. (emphasis mine)
he is speaking from male privilege. I don’t know Ted, and I don’t mean to imply that he is anything but supportive of gender equality in digital humanities and everywhere else — I choose to assume he is. But that paragraph just smacks of so much male privilege, it made me grumpy enough to write.
My point is, if you think Miriam has raised a good point and an important issue about the gendered culture of coding, then stop changing the topic. And stop asking the women for the answers. I would like to see more discussion of Miriam’s final point:
And unless you believe (and you don’t, do you?) that some biological explanation prevents us from excelling at programming, then you must see that there is a structural problem.
So I am saying to you: If you want women and people of color in your community, if it is important to you to have a diverse discipline, you need to do something besides exhort us to code.
And, no, I’m not offering any solutions myself right now — because I’m not a coder or a DH’er (or even an H’er), and because I think it is wrong to ask the oppressed group to take on the entire burden of ending their own oppression, and mostly because I’m too grumpy about the issue to do it justice.