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When Men Want to Talk Shop, by XX in SV Medium

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Is it really that bad? "There are men in the Silicon Valley, who, upon meeting a woman, see her first and foremost as a potential mate — relationship status too often notwithstanding. For professional women, gender continues to be something that must be overcome, not only because we’re assumed incapable until proven capable, inexperienced until proven experienced — not only because our abilities are met with skepticism, but because our career aspirations are as well. When we network, we have to prove that we’re serious — that we’re here to “talk shop,” instead of small talk about our favorite brunch spots. Even when we’ve proved our “seriousness,” victorious in the first battle, we have to be on high alert for attempts to re-route the meeting, de-rail the conversation."

That does sound really bad.

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