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“There’s a deep sadness to it.” Quartz spoke with writer Anna Wiener about her new memoir Uncanny Valley that details her experiences moving into Silicon Valley, and what it was like to be a woman in what is largely—and unfortunately—still a man’s world.

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  • I disagree with many points of the author in this book review — some of the conclusions are derived from the preconceived labels on gender characteristics. For example, the author unconsciously groups that "analytical, data-driven developers or video gamers" as male occupations and characteristics, whereas

    I disagree with many points of the author in this book review — some of the conclusions are derived from the preconceived labels on gender characteristics. For example, the author unconsciously groups that "analytical, data-driven developers or video gamers" as male occupations and characteristics, whereas "non-technical, feeling-based liberal artists or non-gamers" as females'. Such a view itself is prejudice and false.

    Our capacities as a man or a woman are non-linear. As a female entrepreneur and coder in video gaming, I find myself perfectly capable of enjoying both classical and electronic music, reading business and humanity books, or being logical and emotional at the same time. It is not a zero-sum gender generalization.

    I don't disagree, though, that the tech startup landscape is still unfortunately and largely a man's world, either in Silicon Valley, California, or Zhongguancun, Beijing, but the solution is to have more female developers, entrepreneurs, or even gamers...

    The solution is to encourage more girls and women to live fully, to master coding and appreciate art, to live recklessly, to take risks, to seize the moment.