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Submission + - SPAM: Feminist Discovers Why Women Can't do STEM

Stinky Cheese Man writes: "Are STEM Syllabi Gendered? A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis" by Laura Parson of the University of North Dakota is difficult to distinguish from parody. Apparently women and minorities are intimidated by catalog descriptions of STEM courses. The STEM course descriptions analyzed by Ms. Parson implied "that not only would students be held to difficult high standards, but also that there was also a base of knowledge that was required to be successful in the course. [This] created an impression of extremely difficult courses, which ... would be prohibitive for those not confident in those areas, such as women and minorities."

Furthermore, scientific knowledge itself is considered to be male-biased. "STEM syllabi explored in this analysis promoted the male-biased STEM institution by reinforcing views of knowledge as static and unchanging, as it is traditionally considered to be in science, which is a masculine concept of knowledge." This is opposed to the "feminist view of knowledge" in which "knowledge is constructed by the student and dynamic, subject to change."

Ms. Parson feels that "the individualistic, difficult and competitive nature of the STEM classroom" creates a "a chilly climate that marginalizes women".

Thanks to Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media.

Comment Re:Brought to you by SJWs (Score 1) 128

I just found this puff piece on Theranos and CEO Elizabeth Holmes in Wired magazine from a couple of years ago: This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood

Wired senior editor Caitlin Roper gushes, "The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods. The implications are mind-blowing. With inexpensive and easy access to the information running through their veins, people will have an unprecedented window on their own health." Roper goes on to "interview" Holmes, basically just prompting her for her sales pitch.

Comment Re:Range not speed (Score 1) 73

stop the incessant nagging text messages about "your bill is due"

The actual message I get is "If you haven't already, please refill your plan to ensure continued service." They own the phone company; they own the billing system. Don't they know if my plan has been refilled or not? These messages would be somewhat useful if they were only sent when I had forgotten to make a payment. But as it is, they are a worthless annoyance.

Comment Re:Illegal Age-ism Admitted in the Press! (Score 1) 244

Not taking notice of experts and plowing on because you believe in something is important. It's much easier to do when you're young.

Let's see how that sounds with some other EEOC categories:

  • It's much easier to do when you're straight.
  • It's much easier to do when you're male.
  • It's much easier to do when you're not disabled.
  • It's much easier to do when you're Buddhist.
  • It's much easier to do when you're from China.

No, I don't think he would get away with publicly stating any of those as hiring preferences. Yet hardly anyone bats an eye when he states his intent to discriminate in hiring based on age, in clear violation of Equal Employment Opportunity laws.

Comment Re:Internet of Terrors (Score 4, Insightful) 82

I am sick of "smart" products. From the smart text selection in MS Word, which always selects more or less text than I actually want, to the climate control in my car, which insists on turning on the A/C when I just want some cool fresh air, they invariably get it wrong. I know what I want and I am smart enough to make my own choices.

Comment Re:Facebook is still a thing? (Score 0) 426

Jesus never existed.

Please study some actual sources, particularly Tacitus, before embarrassing yourself in public again. Even most secular scholars find Tacitus' account of Jesus' execution by Pontius Pilate to be authentic. If you don't want to believe in miracles, the divinity of Christ, etc., that is another discussion. But saying that Jesus never existed is just dumb.

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