Skepchick Quickies 10.12


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. we’ll just make our own dinosaurs. with blackjack! and hookers! in fact, forget the dino–no, wait, let’s keep the dinosaurs too.

  2. Not sure what’s sadder, that the tech industry sexism article felt the need to mix computer terms with sexism terms to explain them better or that I cannot convince myself that it wasn’t needed.

    Speaking of which, the comments section of that article already has examples on why the problem won’t go away soon enough.

  3. When I was reading the tech industry sexism article, I had the feeling that it wasn’t going to convince anyone who wasn’t already convinced, so the comments didn’t surprise me. It was kind of a half-hearted rehash of some of the concepts which didn’t address the usual rejoinders to all of them.

    For instance, the part about meritocracy and not paying attention to gender ignored the (IMHO) most important point: that what we have is _not_ a meritocracy, and people who think they’re gender-blind are not.

  4. Huh, interesting article with the T-Rex, I bet eventually you could engineer organic machines that perform engineering and computing tasks and the line between biologist and engineer will blur quite a bit.

    With these advances and the ability to measure the spin of an individual subatomic particle without destroying it, I have great hopes for the future of computing and engineering.

    Now if only we could get the sexism out of them :).

  5. Well, those sexism and Curiosity articles were certainly interesting. I’m sure that they’ll inspire a great number of well thought out, intelligent comments fro…
    OH GOD! OH, SWEET MOTHER OF…WHY?!!? *Gouges eyes out with a blunt pencil*

    Urrggh…we need to have some of those things from theme parks for the internet-‘You must be at least this intelligent to have an opinion’.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go see a doctor about all this blood.

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