Science: It’s a girl thing?

No, just no.

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I appreciate the effort, but I’d like to think that we can get girls interested in science without telling them that science = makeup!

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Contrarian

    We shouldn’t get girls interested in science by associating feminine stereotypes to science. We should get girls interested in science because SCIENCE IS FUCKING AWESOME.

    • shadowspring

      Hellz yeah!

  • http://maxomai.livejournal.com maxomai

    The European Commission would have done much better to just license Ariel Waldman’s keynote address to OSCON on hacking space exploration.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZXmIkwQbjQ

  • Jen

    I’m a scientist, a recent PhD who works in an academic biomedical research lab. In fact, I just got back from a discussion with other women, also scientists, in which we lamented that, although things have gotten better with regards to the old boys’club that has characterized academic research for too long, we still have a long way to go. Videos like the travesty that is linked above do nothing but reinforce the stereotypes that women are too girly and too inclined to rely on ‘feminine wiles’ to get ahead. Please. We already have to work harder than men to get respect and recognition. I already hear the snide and often derogatory comments about women in academic departments. I’ve had to develop a thick skin and learn to turn a deaf ear; I don’t also want to have to put away my pretty clothing and eyeliner to have my work taken seriously, thanks to garbage like this. Governments and councils: you want to encourage more girls to become scientists? Maybe try developing and supporting environments in which they don’t feel as if the deck is stacked against them before they even get started. This isn’t the way to do that. Fail.

  • Emma

    XKCD does a much better job of making science appealing to women. And that’s mostly by having it’s generic scientist characters randomly be women, like here: xkcd.com/683/ or here: xkcd.com/327/ or here: xkcd.com/877/

    Though I’m probably biased: I am an XKCD fan, and a computer science major. Who happens to be strongly averse to make up and fashion. Barf.


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