Joy (cithra) wrote,


I am taking a (free, non-credit) online course in Computer Networking from Stanford that runs parallel to one of their for-credit offerings. There are videos to watch and problems to solve, and so far I'm fairly happy and comfortable with the material.


There are also guest lecture videos in addition to the course material videos, and I watched one today. Unlike the course videos, which are one or both of the instructors talking directly to the camera, this was a taping of a class lecture, complete with student questions and responses, both as generated from the material and as a result of instructor prompting.

No women spoke, in so far as I could tell. Not to ask; not to answer, even when the professor prompted people who hadn't spoken yet to join in.

There was only one brief shot of the class, and I did see women among the students in the audience hall. Not too many; my visual recall is perhaps three of thirty in the snapshot I remember, and I'm sure (or at least I hope) I missed some. I hope I'm wrong; I hope I mis-identified vocal timbre or something.

Because otherwise, really? Still? In 2012? What the hell is going on, and where are the women participants? Obviously it's bugging me, and I don't think it's entirely because no-one raised the questions I had and was hoping would come up; I certainly don't think I have particularly gendered questions. It hit my awareness gradually about half way thru the 45 minute running time, and then I started paying closer attention. It's hard to guess what extenuating factors there might be, but it did make me feel ...odd.
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