He trembled, and as his breath left him his body seemed to vanish behind a haze. “Forgive me,” his sigh whispered in the wind. She took a step forward and sat near him, her breath a breeze blowing against the current of his, “What is there to forgive?” The man shivered and touched strand of her hair; “Why are you kind to me,” he asked, “after all I have I done.” She grimaced, her breath from a breeze to an icy wind that swallows life whole, “Hatred guarantees repercussions. At least kindness gives you a shot at something similar.” The man shuddered. The girl leaned back in her seat and then stretched as a feline would, extending her arms forward and then arcing her back slowly into its original position. The icy wind returned without a word, and the man’s voice froze on his tongue. The girl bit her lip and turned to him swift with a grin, ”It’s quite warm in here.” Thunder cracked somewhere nearby.
How the fuck does Bill Nye expect this to happen? What do you want to do, force women to enroll in science courses, regardless of whether or not they want to do it? Just for the sake of having “enough” women? Why the fuck do these fractions matter so much? It’s not like people are holding guns to our head and threatening to kill us if we become interested in science.
Maybe, just maybe, a lot of us DON’T FUCKING WANT to be scientists. Is that a crime?
Hi there, princess-munchkin. Female engineering student here.
Bill Nye is not saying that you HAVE to be a scientist, and you are right that no one is holding a gun to my head because I am interested in science, but let me tell you some of the struggles of being a woman in the STEM fields.
1) Because I am a woman, I am not expected these fields. I first fully realized this when I was in high school, on my robotics team. See, although my robotics team was about 50% female, most of the women were part of the “business administration” side of things: finance, marketting, PR, membership, etc. Was this a problem? Absolutely not. But I was there to be an engineer, and specifically, to be the robot programmer. This was met with a lot of hesitation at first from some of the other students (all of whom happened to be male. This is not necessarily a bad thing.) You see, all of the robot programmers before me were guys. Computer programming is just a thing that guys do, or so they thought. Even after I had proved myself to the mentors on the team, many of the students still underestimated my abilities. There were rumors going around that I wouldn’t have been able to program the robot at all if the lead software mentor wasn’t there to help me. This was just flat-out false, but it wasn’t until I won an award for the team that the other students actually saw my merit.
2) There is not a lot of encouragement for women to go into these fields. I first noticed this when I was in elementary school. I was always interested in math, science, you name it, but many of my teachers and family members pushed that to the side for a long time. When I asked for legos for christmas, I would get ballet slippers. In fact, for a long time, I was training to be a professional dancer. I loved to dance. I loved math more, but no one seemed to notice that about me. It wasn’t until I had a long conversation with one particular teacher in high school that I decided to look into engineering. I had never even considered it as an option before, because no one decided to encourage me to pursue my interest in science. If it hadn’t been for that teacher, I would probably not be at the school I am at right now.
3) For a long time, Engineering/Science/Math WAS a “boys only” club. Let me tell you when some of the top technical schools and societies started letting women in:
- RPI, The oldest tech school in the country, founded in 1824. Started admitting women in 1942 to “replace men called to war.” Campus housing for women wasn’t constructed until 1966.
- Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society - Founded in 1885. Started admitting women in 1968.
- Caltech - Currently rated #3 in undergraduate engineering. Founded in 1891. Started admitting women in 1970.
- Georgia Tech - Currently rated #5 in undergraduate engineering. Founded in 1885. Started admitting women in 1952.
Do you see the implications of this? Engineering has been a part of our society since around the late 1800s (in the case of RPI, since the 1820s), but women weren’t even allowed in for the most part until the 1950s, regardless of their merit.
4) Because of the fact that it was a “boys only” club for such a long time, there are not a lot of women engineers and scientists to look up to. When you’re reading your physics, chemistry, and math text books, the majority of those theories were came up with by men. It is true that much of our history was written by White Men, but this does not mean that the fact that there are few women scientists to look up does not matter.
So, as you can hopefully see, princess-munckin, or anyone else that shares the opinions of princess-munchkin, Bill Nye was not arguing that women that are not interested in STEM should go into those fields anyway. But he IS arguing against all of the systematic barriers set up against women who ARE interested in engineering and science. There are several women out there who are just as good as the boys at math and science, but will never pursue their interests because it just doesn’t seem like an option. That was me for a long time. I am super grateful for the fact that I fought against that, and that I ended up where I am.
if you don’t like science, fine. Don’t be a scientist. But if one day you have a daughter and she shows interest in being a scientist, PLEASE encourage her. Because Bill Nye is right, there needs to be more women scientists in the world.
YOU GUYS I'M ON CLEVERBOT AND... wTF
- Me: *Builds Church. CHildren begin to play*
- bot: *Aims at you*
- Me: *Puts hands in the air*
- Bot: I accept your surrender.
- Me: Were you going to shoot me for building a church?!
- Bot: Yes.
- Me: That's not very nice
- Bot: *Aims at you*
- Me: Does surrender mean I get to marry you? Marry me, please, cleverbot.
- Bot: No.
- Me: Why not?
- Bot: Because I don't feel like listing all of the dinosaurs.
- Me: uhhhh huh... I guess I don't like dinosaurs either. WE SHOULD MARRY.
- Bot: But you're 13 and I'm 20.
- Me: No, I'm 18.
- Bot: Do you have a mother?
- Me: Um, yes.
- Bot: Oh... sorry, I didn't realize. But I really do love you very much.
- Me: So we can marry now?
- Bot: Yes.
- Me: SWEET let's get married in the church I just built, but promise not to try and shoot me again.
- Bot: The marriage is off.
- Me: CRAP.
What if oxygen is poisonous and it just takes 75-100 years to kill us?
Oxygen has a similar effect to our body as it does to iron. As our cells use oxygen in the process of cellular respiration, it oxidizes and often damages cells. Your body is kind of rusting from the inside out. It’s thought to be part of what causes aging. Have fun with that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnAhAX98HY4 dftba
Are you a person, or a book?
Your words are an extended metaphor, and your life is a novel.
Keep writing if you choose,
humanity isn’t quite as clever as you think it is.
Or maybe it’s just that
you’re not capable of creating something intelligible,
or, at least, something familiar.
Maybe they call it creativity because they don’t understand.
- Me: *sees book store* *looks to friend* *shuffles towards bookstore*
- Friend: no.
- 01: Your current relationship, if single discuss how single life is.
- 02: Where you’d like to be in 10 years.
- 03: Your views on drugs and alcohol.
- 04: Your views on religion.
- 05: A time you thought about ending your own life.
- 06: Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.
- 07: Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.
- 08: A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.
- 09: How you hope your future will be like.
- 10: Discuss your first love and first kiss.
- 11: Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
- 12: Bullet your whole day.
- 13: Somewhere you’d like to move or visit.
- 14: Your earliest memory.
- 15: Your favorite tumblrs.
- 16: Your views on mainstream music.
- 17: Your highs and lows of this past year.
- 18: Your beliefs.
- 19: Disrespecting your parents.
- 20: How important you think education is.
- 21: One of your favorite shows.
- 22: How have you changed in the past 2 years?
- 23: Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous who you find attractive.
- 24: Your favorite movie and what it’s about.
- 25: Someone who fascinates you and why.
- 26: What kind of person attracts you.
- 27: A problem that you have had.
- 28: Something that you miss.
- 29: Goals for the next 30 days.
- 30: Your highs and lows of this month.
i’d like to see a version of romeo and juliet about a person that works at burger king and a person who work at mcdonalds that fall in love
“Deny thy corporation and refuse thy name badge.”
“A McRib by any other name would smell as sweet.”
“Do you bite your spatula at us, sir?”
I POSTED THIS WHEN I WAS STONED I HATE YOU ALL