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It just gets better and better. This is a “traditional” event.

From Ibarra Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief of Media G8way:

Digital Pinay is a project of the Philippine Computer Society. It is actually a take-off from their traditional Ms PCS contest. Media G8way, with its Events Department, was simply contracted to manage the project. This is not to say, however, that we are washing our hands with regards the project's concept now that it's getting flak from the IT community. In fact, we've called the PCS organizers to an emergency meeting tomorrow precisely to discuss reactions like yours. Rest assured that we'll do what we can to make the project truer to its purported objective. And we'll keep you and the IT community posted. Thanks for your concern.

IBARRA "Bombing" C. GUTIERREZ
Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
Media G8way Corporation
3rd Floor, Eurovilla II Building
118 V. A. Rufino St. (formerly Herrera St.), Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Tel. (632) 840-4227

It just gets better and better. You mean it's only getting flak from the IT community now? You mean this is an old concept? I've e-mailed Leo Querubin to find out how long _that_ has been running and how it has managed to survive so far.

In the meantime, take a look at this excerpt from http://www.pcs-it.org/pcs/committees.htm#msict :

Special Project: Miss ICT

In-charge of preparing the activities and implementing guidelines/criteria for the Search of Miss ICT (professional and student levels):

  • Revive the Computer Girl
  • More than just a beauty contest
  • Reflects ideals of PCS
  • Promote gender equality in the ICT industry
  • Promote ICT as an equal opportunity employer

Director-in-Charge: Ms. Ann Gatmaytan
Chair: Mr. Leo Querubin

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!

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And now for a bit of lighthearted fun…

"Sexiest Geek Alive" is a geek pageant done right. =) Google for it or be lazy and just check out the following links.

- http://telephonyonline.com/ar/telecom_geek_love/ - http://www.chloeveltman.com/features/digital_culture/sexiest_geek_alive.html - http://siliconvalley.internet.com/news/article.php/3531_790381 - http://linux.omnipotent.net/article.php?article_id=12243

Why does it work? 'cause it's as geeky as heck.

Positive stuff about women in technology:

- http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/witexhibit/wit_hall.html - http://www.witi.org

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Digital Pinay 2005 on plug-misc

But seriously, the organizers should have thought more about the matter. Women are not mere trophies to flaunt at events. Gee, if that were the case, they could have just gotten some actresses who could be spokespersons for them, I think. I mean, that's going to be advertising but with the duties of the "reigning" Digital Pinay - Hmmm, that seems to be the case. And that is sad, sad, sad.

I hope that the people from PCS would do damage control ASAP. Or else...

- Clair Ching, http://eclair.bizhat.com

When I read the headline of the article "Search for top Filipino female IT pros slated" I thought it was good as it would duly recognize Filipina contributors to the growth of Philippine IT. But now that I know the details I really find it insulting to women. Asking for vital statistics and requiring the winner to grace PCS occasions are simply demeaning.

Holden Hao
President
DabaweGNU, Inc.
Davao City

E-Mail from Holden Hao

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And there are people who just don’t get it

From: Kyo Suayan <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 09:52:12 -0800
Subject: Re: Philweavers Digital Pinay

To be honest, what's the fuss all about?! Eh totoo naman na statistically speaking, mas kaunti ang magaganda sa IT field as compared to other disciplines! This is even supported by observations back in college wherein usually nasa ibang colleges and departments ang mga "chikababes". Seriously!

Finally somebody has come up with a brilliant idea on how to "put some life" on this very cold and impersonal industry which is IT. And what does some pseudo-activists do? Shoot it down. :-)

-kyo-

E-Mail from Martin Gomez

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From Chette Soriano on ph-cyberview

Throwing all femininity aside, I laughed boisterously the first time I received the attachment. I might be a little too phlegmatic for my age (and sex), as I just found it humourous. A lot of my colleagues were really appalled.

I wonder if call centers are now considered part of IT (may computers naman sila eh, hehe).

May talent portion ba? Pano to, fastest woman who can assemble a PC? Or the usual scrabble/hangman programming test? Pabilisan mag-crimp ng RJ-45? Hehe.

To quote a friend: "Buti na lang walang height requirement."

Juskupu.

Chette Soriano • www.chette.com

E-Mail from Chette Soriano

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mac_bolan00 on Atenista.net

http://atenista.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=3021&st=0

mac_bolan00 posted on Jan 20 2005, 12:42 PM

just a guess: beauty pageants offend ugly women, or those half into it. examples of the latter are homely computer scientists sniffing at 'Miss IT' pageants. the above guess is as much of an insult as it is fact. as a way to soften it, i'm of the opinion that all sane women are beautiful and desirable but never mind me.

well then, i'll throw a different question at you. supposing this IT pageant was meant to benefit indigent but talented students who wish to major in IT, will you still complain at the way society commoditizes beauty, particularly in women?

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