What. Were. They. Thinking?

Geniuses in the Eurozone come up with this… thing… to persuade you that your daughter that she can be a scientist *and* a brain dead boy toy.

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  • Jacob Yoder

    As a scientist (male) who’s worked in several labs and seen several of the labs my wife works in – the women I see do not look this, any more than the men look like they walked out of a GQ catalog.

  • Sal

    So- if you morphed Velma and Daphne into one person…

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    “As a scientist (male) who’s worked in several labs and seen several of the labs my wife works in – the women I see do not look this, any more than the men look like they walked out of a GQ catalog.”

    Hm. Jacob, I hope that you either plan to make sure that your good lady wife never, never, never sees that comment of yours, or else that, if she should see it, that you will already be prepared when she challenges you, “would you care to rephrase that, my lad?”

    • James H, London

      ??? So, she’ll be offended by the fact that he thinks the women she works with, are ugly?

      I don’t get it.

  • Spastic Hedgehog

    If you wait till girls are older to get them involved in “SCIENCE” because — and I’m not even sure what the because is from this video. Lipstick? Fashion? — then you’re going to be disappointed.

    Far better to start with an actual organic interest in our natural world of stars and critters and weather. There are plenty of children’s books geared towards those things. And, at least in our house, a heavy diet of good science fiction. Our 2 year old daughter can now answer “What does a Wookie say?” in her arsenal of animal noises.

    • beccolina

      Exactly. My 5-yr-old daughter’s favorite library book is Eyewitness’s Crystals and Gems. We go to the local rock shop to see fossils and different rocks about once a month. The highlight of her spring was the statewide rock show. Until the final words, the commercial could be a make-up commercial. Talk about not giving our young people anything serious or important to think about!

    • Linebyline

      “What does a Wookie say?”

      I’m not sure if that’s science, but I’m sure it’s awesome.

  • john

    1. If science were in fact a “girl thing” why are thyey having to push so hard to get more girls interested in science?
    2. Is this not blatantly sexist ( in claiming anything to be the thing of one sex…and in this depiction of females…and in suggesting that girls would only be interested in the cosmetic sciences)?
    3. I though that we were supposed to see no difference between the sexes…so how can anything be a boy or girl thing?
    4. I am obviously confused by this whole thing…

    When the video finished and related videos came up I checked out the “Science, its a girl thing-Fail?” video…this scientist does a briliant job of addressing this whole thing…you should check it out…I do not even know how to begin to put the link in here…but see if you can find it…it is awesome

  • ds

    They’re cleaning up and I can’t find anything!

  • Ted Seeber

    I am utterly convinced that the only men who actually like their women in high heals are those who will abuse them and don’t want them to run away.

  • Ed Pie

    Good clinical skills, but still superficial? Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m looking for in a woman.

    I think they’d be less likely to gain girls with this “it’s a girl thing” fad than they would be to lose boys.

    • john

      They are not concerned with losing boys…in academia/education boys are no longer valued…unless they can learn to be more like girls.

    • john

      And they are certainly not concerned with what you are looking for in a woman…in their mind a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle…to them you are a knucledragging unevolved barbarian. This has nothing to do with science or education…it is social reconstruction…and no men need apply.

    • Ed Pie

      All sad, all true. I probably only half-presumed the attractiveness angle because women prettifying themselves benefits me in a superficial way. And I’m sure they’re not worried at all about losing boys; nor will they see that as the problem when they lose so many and gain so few girls that there just aren’t enough to get any work done.

      I don’t see it getting that bad, but I see that kind of myopia in force here.

  • Disgusted in DC

    As the son and grandson of female scientists, I applaud the idea behind the video, but not the execution, as it has nothing to do with women-doing-science whatsoever. As for the fashion victim thing, my mother, in her younger years, resembled Marlo Thomas’ Ann Marie character from the opening of “That Girl,” so…so what if these women look like an “updated” version of Bananarama?

    Also, wouldn’t a humorous remake of “She Blinded Me With Science” done the trick?

    • enness

      Somehow I doubt Marie Curie needed this sort of motivation.

  • @Mark Shea,

    Which of the two (three? Certainly not more than that) do you think might be responsible for this idea?

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer
    P.S., In case my question is not clear, I am asking for the identities of the two (or perhaps three) people in the Eurozone you think are geniuses (and, because this is a PR thing, pretty much no genius in the Vatican is, IMHO, amongst the two (or perhaps three) geniuses under consideration. The ones in the Vatican are certainly intelligent enough not to come up with something like that.

  • bob

    A little prettier than Tom Lehrer singing the periodic chart, but not as fun or intelligently produced.

  • Jill

    Wow, that’s hilarious. Lipstick = SCIENCE! LULZ!

    I work in semiconductor manufacturing, and we’re not even allowed to wear makeup; the dust can cause defects on the computer chips.

    Also, cleanroom suits are NOT fashionable!:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVQZWt7lNpI