Girls fess up to their inability to code: It's the mood swings

Technically Incorrect: In a brilliant satirical campaign from Girls Who Code, aspiring female computer programmers take on sexist myths.

Chris Matyszczyk

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Her insides are being destroyed once a month.

Girls Who Code; YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's the boys-will-be-boys mentality that's keeping girls away from tech jobs?

Not at all.

It's the girls-are-girls, actuality.

They have breasts. Sometimes those breasts are large. They get lost in those breasts.

And then there are the long eyelashes. It's really hard to see the screen through them.

What about the whole menstruation thing? Your insides are ripped from your body in slow motion. How are you supposed to focus on ones and zeros when that's happening?

How have I become so suddenly knowledgeable about these things? A brilliant new campaign from Girls Who Code. This is a nonprofit group that's trying to do something about the gender disparity in tech.

These ads confront head-on the myopic mythmaking some males cling to.

"When I'm not menstruating, I'm ovulating," explains one girl. "So there's no time to code at all."

And then there's toxic shock syndrome that comes from tampons. This can lead to you having your arms amputated, which naturally means you're unlikely to get a coding job.

"We feel that in addition to teaching girls to code, we need to change culture," Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani told Adweek.

Ridiculing the current culture seems as good a way as any.

It might even work on Donald Trump.