As a college dropout who dropped out 20+ years ago due to simply being on the wrong course (I spent…
Mike Knell

Mike, you likely know well that, as a college dropout, you have to prove yourself to be an outlier. You may well be. My article was written for the bell curve. Like any job skill, EQ has to be demonstrated. I’ve listed some indicators managers and coworkers can use to gauge likely red flags. If you look at the logic behind the indicator of going to college, it is having spent years partnering with women on projects and being taught by female professors and TAs. If you came so close to graduating, you also met the intent of that. I’d say that, if I were you, if anyone asks.

You and the other men who are writing that you are upset that these indicators reflect judgement on you that you don’t think you deserve could be good insight for you if you are open to it. This is similar to how women feel when judged as not as apt for tech as men just because of their gender.

We have to work twice or three times as hard to prove ourselves on a thousand indicators every day — but the indicators we are measured against go unsaid and unexplored by a majority of our employees and employers. We have go guess at them: right clothes, right hair, right posture in meetings… It gets exhausting. If you are right and you get this a bit better than other men, let me urge you to share this article or any others with your colleagues to help make the sexist problem better.