Today as I sat in a session at PETE & C about Acceptable Use Policies, there was a discussion about ‘the IT guy’ and working with ‘him’ and making sure that ‘he’ is on your side. After hearing numerous adults refer to ‘the IT guy’ over and over, I became more and more irritated. When are we going to drop the term and replace it with a more updated, realistic term?
If we don’t, then we are perpetuating the stereotype that IT is only for men, that men are more tech savvy than women and that women do not enjoy being geeky and nerdy and tech-y.
So what label do we use?