Code is not a sexual thing. Code is a thing you use to program computers.

Trigger warning: Only read if you want to hear about the awful sexualisation of the industry. And if you want to see me be angry.


Today we're going to talk about a website. I have no interest in linking to the website for the following reasons:

  • They do not deserve your views

  • I do not want to invite potential harassment to my self

I will instead describe it to you.

Picture a website with a a woman in her underpants and a bikini top, sticking their tongue out, with a game controller in hand. Nothing wrong with that image. Now picture what overlays that background image. A long list of sexual inneundos written in code.

$myPenis.push($theirVagina)

I wrote the above code myself, because I don't want to link to any specific persons' #bad #content. I apologise for writing it.

If it is not immediately obvious to you why this is bad, allow me to explain.

Code is not a sexual thing. Code is a thing you use to program computers.

Code is not a sexual thing. Code is a thing you use to program computers.

Code is not a sexual thing. Code is a thing you use to program computers.

The tech industry is not a diverse place. It is most often a hostile place to those who are not cisgendered white men. We do not appear, from the outside, to be a welcoming place. I am asked often to comment on the industry by those who want to get into programming and it always "the industry is bad, but there are good people in it".

Do you think that this "sexy code" website is going to give people a sense that the industry is an inviting place? Or do you think that you are going to put off a whole bunch of folks? How many people might look at their website and decide not to openly participate in our community?

Do you truly think this acceptable? Or did you want to #disrupt the #market with your #great #content?

This is awful. We can do better. Be better.


This rambling post, written in anger, by me. Although I am actively opening myself up to criticism, I ask that you respond kindly.

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