Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

Something I see come up regularly in discussions about women in tech is that women are often treated differently in their upbringing. For instance, many report an implicit (or even sometimes explicit) "computers are for boys" message that came from their caregivers, which shaped their connection to the tech industry. The causation here is not being a woman, it is being exposed to an environment that treats women in a certain way.

A similar norm I often see from caregivers is that they consider boys to be "rough and tumble" and girls "soft and dainty". It is easy to see how those behaviour classes could extend to insurance risk.

Is being a woman/man really the causation? Or is it something like the environment that the genders are brought up in? If it is the latter, how is that any different than a minority being brought up in a poor neighbourhood (and, statistically, stay there)? After all, in both cases, you are penalizing those who had an upbringing that is outside of the statistical norm due to a presence of correlation.

Applications are open for YC Summer 2020

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact