Nothing to really add here. Just an idea that hit me the other day, and it became COMIC!
I’ve been listening to your podcasts since the ELR days (I got there because I went to school with O) and I have always agreed with you on this point.
Now that I have a daughter, I want her to feel that she can do whatever she wants to do if she does the work, and I don’t want her thinking there are any limits for her just because she’s a girl.
Really liked this one, Scott.
I dunno. This is the 21st century. Guys don’t think like this and haven’t for half a century. I’ve never looked down on girls and don’t know any guy that does. Women, on the other hand, seem to enjoy looking down on us. “Snakes, snails, and puppydog tails.”
Sadly, I can’t say the same for me. I work at an engineering department of a technical university. I still meet people who think like the boy in the comic.
The sad thing is: We have way too little women as it is (about 1 in 12 or so). People like that don’t help.
And while our university tells us to get more women into engineering majors, it’s a bit of a chicken and egg problem: We have only few women which will make a job here less attractive to most women. There’s also a relatively rough tone at our department as we are a very much male staff: We haze each other, we talk s*** to each other and there are innuendoes all the time. We are all aware of that.
But there’s no real pressure to change it since the few women who do end up here won’t get treated differently. And after a while they fall into the same pattern. So we feel like everything’s all right.
On an intellectual level I’m aware that this is not the right way to go at it. Yes, we do treat women the same. But obviously that doesn’t mean we treat them right. At least their words have the same weight as that of male engineers. So there’s that…
I agree. I grew up in the south and never experienced guys looking down on girls. I’m in my 30’s and I just haven’t seen any attitude like this. I do, however, get to experience very often girls looking down on guys.
Boy: But, but…
Girl: Sorry, math doesn’t lie.
Oddly enough… heard something very similar to this the other day so… it’s still around.
Maybe it’s geographic then. Where I’m from (California), we were always taught to treat females with respect. On the other hand, I remember a teacher in 4th grade, teaching girls on the playground a nasty biased rhyme: “Girls are dandy, made out of candy; boys are rotten, made out of cotton.”
Of course, but this want a child saying it, it was a full grown adult.
He may be a dickish kid, but at least he’s not a dirty litterer, like her.
I didn’t say I see it happen, but I know it does, and it is usually not as blatant as in this comic. It’s more subtle and less noticeable, but it’s still around in many places. I wish it wasn’t though.
I have the great fortune of being married to a great woman that I admire deeply, and I am happy my daughter has her as a role model.
That being said, check the video they made with a campaign about “running like a girl” and you’ll see the bias is still there.
Here it is
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