IBM and the Misogyny of the Masters

Photograph by Fausto Giaccone/Anzenberger/Redux

Imagine you’re about to enter a restaurant you’ve heard good things about, but a sign stops you dead in your tracks. “No dogs or Irish.” You decide to take your business elsewhere, so you head over to a competitor across the street. There you encounter a different but equally off-putting notice: “Colored entrance in rear.” Fed up, but not yet fed, you walk briskly to a third eatery, but a bright green neon sign makes you do a double take: “Men only.”

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