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If You’re Low Tech, It’s Probably Because You’re A Woman

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

I’m ready to spit nails at Telegraph Online for allowing this article past their editors. I have no idea how they chose the women they interviewed and surveyed for this article, but I can tell you it wasn’t me.

Short-Sighted Quotes (based on faulty information):

“Would you rip files at a high or low bit-rate? Do you prefer AAC, WMA or MP3? If you are completely baffled by these questions, you are probably a woman.”

I rip at a high bit-rate and I prefer MP3. In fact, when we digitized our entire CD collection, it was me that did 80% of the ripping.

“I think a lot of girls are nervous that downloading will be too complicated for them.”

I don’t download from illegal sites because they are illegal. I don’t download from iTunes because their DRM is a bother to deal with and it doesn’t really feel worth the money. If I pay a couple dollars more, I get the real CD. I actually prefer to own the music. I want the CD stored in my collection just in case the computer crashes or the RIAA comes knocking at my door, confiscating my property in the name of protecting artists.

“However, the fact is that most women prefer to spend their lunchhour browsing in ChloĆ© – not Comet. They refuse their boyfriend’s offer of a two-player PlayStation bout of Mortal Kombat, even if it’s the only way to get some quality time with him.”

Mortal Kombat? What year is this?! Last I heard Halo 2 was the last big thing in first person shooters. I don’t like that kind of game and I’ve commented extensively about how the gaming industry is losing out on a huge market. I don’t think the problem is with the girls. I think it’s with the gaming corporations.

“Women are less patient than men: they haven’t got the time or the inclination to read a 90-page manual and work out how to operate a camera or DVD player.”

Ninety-page manuals for a camera or a DVD player are a sign of poor design. Hire a usability expert.

“Apple launched a mini version of the iPod in pastel pink last summer, and this season’s desktop must-have is a Hello Kitty mouse.”

Making it pink doesn’t appeal to me. You can dress every character in Halo 2 in bright pink armor. That doesn’t make me want to shoot at things.

“If I’m honest, most of the time I deliberately act helpless, because I know there will always be someone who can help me, whether it’s my husband or a male colleague at work.”

Intentional helplessness. I’ve seen it a hundred times with women AND men. The problem with this article is that they are interviewing women who intentionally act like they can’t figure things out, when in reality they could. It’s a game that women play to make their insecure men feel big and strong. I don’t need to play those games.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Laura!

    Great comments on what looks like a crappy article! Sheesh!

    Comment by Braidwood — 8/31/2005 @ 12:31 am

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