Hollywood's Brotastic Face of Tech

When I saw the trailer for Mike Judge's new Silicon Valley sitcom, aptly named "Silicon Valley," I first thought, "Oh hey, it's T.J. Miller, Zach Woods and Martin Starr. Those are funny guys who consistently make me laugh!" And then I went and rained on my own giggle parade by following that joyous thought up with, "Oh hey, it's another TV show/movie about the tech industry exclusively featuring dudes. Great." To be fair, there was one woman in the "Silicon Valley" trailer. She plays a stripper. And I get it: the tech industry (and the film industry) is persistently male-lopsided to the extent that the term "brogrammer" (as in, a bro who programs) actually exists. In the United States, women comprised only 18 percent of computer science degree recipients and 25 percent of the computing workforce. The boards of the biggest tech companies like Facebook and Twitter are woefully devoid of women, and start-up culture and venture capital circles aren't exactly gender-equal, either. All that said, women aren't absent from the tech scene. There's Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Julie Larson-Green (Microsoft Xbox), Angela Ahrendts (Apple) and the hoards of young women coding their way into a brighter tech future for women. And it's high time to retire the hackneyed Hollywood portrayal of the computer geeks who are inheriting the earth as solely men with occasion sexy lady sidekicks whose tech know-how probably doesn't extend beyond Candy Crush. At this point, it's so predictable, unfunny and frankly untrue.