Tag Info

New answers tagged

2

Was the representative a man? It's quite possible he felt more comfortable approaching young boys rather than girls (the cultural bias against men as nurturing and safe around children, particularly girls, is still strong in the US - sexism hurts men too). It doesn't really matter if the act was motivated by malice or an error. A lot of sexism isn't meant ...


1

I unfortunately ran into this from the other side of the booth at a maker faire, and chose to try a kickstarter so I could support more than one "kit" per family since the families themselves would almost always encourage their boy to participate while the girl obviously was interested. We were successful: ...


3

Personally, I wouldn't get over-excited about it. My oldest daughter is a software developer, and I am proud of her accomplishments. I certainly am not biased against women entering STEM fields. But when you start looking for bias, it's very easy to find it. This is a very unproductive game. I wasn't there at the incident you mention, so I can't judge based ...


5

First of all, try to give people the benefit of the doubt. It's not useful to attribute something to gender bias that might have easily been something else. My overwhelming experience is that people in this area bend over backwards to make girls feel welcome. Even if it was bias, in this day and age, it's almost certainly unintentional. I don't mean to ...


9

Diffuse these situations without adding to a perceived disparity. A simple comment to the tune of "oh, my daughter is at the right age, not my son" would probably have been the best bet. Treat these situations as simple oversights, don't teach your daughter that she will be prejudice against or that she will need to be catered to. You have encountered ...


15

First, good on you guys for recognizing this and addressing it both with your daughter and the group that held the event. It's not always easy to speak up in a group setting when this happens RIGHT THEN; although I'm a pretty much "in the brain, out the mouth" kind of person, I fully advocate taking the time to make the CORRECT response, not just any ...



Top 50 recent answers are included