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Confessions of a Bad Woman

SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:15 PM
As a woman in a male-dominated profession (engineering), I can say that I've only encountered sexism once in my career. In high-tech fields, no one really cares that much about gender, color, religions, etc... The main concern is if you can do the work. I do have to say, though, that I find myself annoyed when discussions of women and careers inevitably bring up children. Not every woman has or even wants to have children. Kids are a separate issue and should not be automatically tied in to every issue relating to women and their work. I can't speak to politics, but I see very little bias against women in most workplaces. Sure, we're still outnumbered by men in many areas, but I blame that more on culture than on outright sexism or ...
lshort Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 9:39 PM
I'm also a woman in engineering and I've encountered sexism a lot more than once. However, the majority of it was not more than a temporary and not major obstacle in my career path. (Some of it has even made for great party stories, like the time the sales rep for a manufacturing company I was visiting told me not to "be nervous once we got out onto the shop floor," and I asked why, and he was like, "the guys just aren't used to seeing anyone that looks like you out there, so just don't look at any of them or listen to anything they say." OMG! ...AND I would like to say here that every single shop floor guy was a perfect gentleman for my entire time there, so not only was that dude completely sexist, he was a total twit.)
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 5:21 PM
... discrimination. Look at television. How many women are portrayed as scientists, engineers, or other highly-skilled roles traditionally dominated by men? It has improved in recent years, but you still don't see many female computer programmers, for example, who aren't portrayed as weird or eccentric. We have a culture where it's "cool" to say "I'm bad at math." Celebrating ignorance is not helpful to anyone, but especially to women who might otherwise be interested in non-traditional careers. I do think it's nice to see more women in politics and I'll probably smile if a woman (who supports my views) is elected President, but that not something I consider when voting.
anonymous6475 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 7:39 PM
just about every man on television is portrayed as stupid, evil or in some way deficient as a human being, even if he is an "engineer or a scientist". it makes no difference what his profession is, he is a jack a.s.s (black males excluded as a given). on the other hand, even if a women is a gum chewing sales clerk at walmart, she is cast as smart ,witty kind, cleaver, brave and decisive (almost left out victim. mustn't do that) that's the difference, and you failed to point it out, with due respect to all women who cannot, should not and will not be held to the same standards as us duffus males. that is just t.v. i' ll leave the other nine hundred examples to some other knuckle dragging venal ape.
I suppose I'm a bad woman -- by today's standards that is. For some reason, I take absolutely no pride in the accomplishments of women per se. I am utterly uninspired by first women astronauts or Secretaries of State. It is of no consequence to me what percentage of the United States Senate or House of Representatives shares my chromosomes. I don't wait with gnawing impatience for America to pass the milestone of needing a fellow to fill the post of First Gentleman.

This is not to say that I resent or disparage female accomplishment. I admire excellence wherever...

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