A friend of mine was complaining about a job applicant who didn't know gcc and used gedit as her editor. For those not in the know, gcc is a collection of programs that translate code from human readable to something that the machine can understand, and gedit is just a notepad like program. In theory, maybe, these would've been valid complaints-except for one little sticking point. The job responsibilities were such that it didn't matter what editor she used and made it highly unlikely that she'd ever need to use gcc.
His comments got me thinking about how absurd it was to hold her lack of knowledge about an unrelated tool against her. Even more than that, it's a more systems programming type tool-and when I wrote about how a lot of people are quick to dismiss sexism in a tech company from a woman who's not knee deep in system code, a lot of commentators were quick to tell me about how women tend to be pushed towards front end jobs. And so I'm left to wonder if her lack of knowledge was in part due to more systematic biases.