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  •  So what is the relationship of (5+ / 0-)

    qualification. Is that a qualifier to say that women can still be attractive and smart?

    This is something that I read and hear all the time. A guy I worked with in an environmental lab said something similar "She was so beautiful and sailed around the world"... WTF, amazement that a women can be attractive and accomplish something... Then there is the corollary that only women who are homely, ugly, unattractive... in need of a career because no male would ever want them ... that depresses the number of women taking up math or science seriously.... I think this is a major problem especially with young women or girls. Notice male scientists are rarely judged by thier looks before thier skills and talents. As long as looks and careers for females are rated by whether a woman is attractive automatically makes study for those careers less important. It implies if you study math or science then you must lack in attractiveness (or if you succeed at the most important perceived female goal of making men want you= attractive) or that it is shocking that you would take up these topics... Add that to all the other barriers and any woman who goes on to succeed in these areas is changed by the effort.

    So I am not going to even get into qualifying about my appearance as a young girl or woman. It sounds defensive and conxumes too many womens time drawing up lists of evidence that they met that qualification (which seems to be the primary value for females... or in other words : they can be nearly brain dead as long as males follow them sniffing)


    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:30:33 AM PST

    •  See my comments below (3+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, kyril, kurt

      I think that the problem very quickly (early) can become harassment.  If we start by working with girls at the 5th grade level in math and science --then you will see a change.  This is before appearance issues become a major problem.   With teaching support as I indicated below, girls will be able to break the barrier.

      Think girls on a male sports team.

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