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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Something is wrong with these people

VERY wrong. PZ celebrates the decision of a publisher to stop marketing books to boys, as are his few remaining readers:
  • Holy crap. Somebody did the right thing for a change. I am blown away.
  • What do I think Lego should do? I think they should make half of all their future minifigs women. Construction set? Half the construction workers are women. Airplane set? Make one of the pilots a woman and one of the flight attendants a man. Police set? Not just a token woman, half women. Half the crooks, half the cops, half the bystanders. How hard is that?
  • Best news I’ve read all week.
  • This was enough to draw tears from me today.
  • My hubby the engineer bought electronics kits for our kids, and it was the oldest daughter who loved them. She happily joined him on any science project while her siblings ran off to do other things. She’s 37 now, and holds degrees in engineering, computational neuroscience and neurobiology. She’s been working for the NSF on a project to interest more women and minorities in STEM.
That last comment is my favorite. She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing. And what do you bet she hasn't given her parents any grandchildren?

SJWs are much worse than useless. They are active participants in the ongoing implosion of civilization.

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97 Comments:

Blogger Danby December 04, 2014 4:31 PM  

So boys juvenile books and toys are the reason women are weak and stupid?
books and toys?
And they think we're dumb. This is pre-civilizational magical thinking of the lowest order.

When will they stop marketing books to girls?

Anonymous Daniel December 04, 2014 4:38 PM  

It's brain leprosy....but man, I thought these mice were supposed to end up beautiful...

Turns out that quitting the human condition doesn't result in improved grooming habits.

Anonymous MPC December 04, 2014 4:41 PM  

books and toys?

... and shirts. Don't forget those evil shirts that scare women away.

Anonymous fish December 04, 2014 4:43 PM  

He should go back to the old photo! He's starting to look like my ex-Mother in law.

Blogger Josh December 04, 2014 4:55 PM  

Wow just wow

Anonymous DrTorch December 04, 2014 4:58 PM  

That last comment is my favorite. She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing.

Mine too, for the reasons you state. I'd also bet that oldest daughter was always trying to please daddy early on, probably turning off her sibs as she dominated the activity (she was the oldest after all), She also likely never really felt any passion for those subjects (note the multitude of subjects in which she engaged for years), but found some aptitude and kept at it because of all the affirmation she received.

But in the end she's doing PR, basically hosting tea parties for other girls. So all that grant money spent training her is for naught.

Anonymous Brother Thomas December 04, 2014 5:03 PM  

Man and woman are each unique. They are not equal, they are complementary. They are two halves that, in love that leads to life and family, become a greater whole. Together, they are the fountain of life in this existence. Apart, they are dead.

Anonymous Axe Head December 04, 2014 5:04 PM  

God is going to punish them for their sins.

Anonymous Will Best December 04, 2014 5:05 PM  

So as a parent PZ didn't want to push the daughter into any particular gender stereotype, because bad feels, but somehow takes pride that the daughter gets paid to push girls into a particular gender stereotype.

Anonymous Thales December 04, 2014 5:07 PM  

She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing.

STEM degrees are the latest aspirational goods targetted at women.

Men just use them to build civilization, a painstaking process which is anything but glamorous.

Anonymous kfg December 04, 2014 5:08 PM  

I like that website; it linked me to the 40 hottest female celebrity bodies of all time.

Anonymous Ain December 04, 2014 5:09 PM  

"My hubby the engineer bought electronics kits for our kids, and it was the oldest daughter who loved them. She happily joined him on any science project while her siblings ran off to do other things. She’s 37 now, and holds degrees in engineering, computational neuroscience and neurobiology. She’s been working for the NSF on a project to interest more women and minorities in STEM."

So she's not doing actual science or engineering, of course.

Anonymous Anubis December 04, 2014 5:10 PM  

"She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing."
The question is if there was any objective testing involved in getting the degrees or if its just credentialization with grading on curves + extra credit vagina points.

Anonymous Noah B. December 04, 2014 5:13 PM  

Sounds like a market niche just opened up a little more.

Anonymous Rock Ingersol December 04, 2014 5:21 PM  

That last comment is my favorite. She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing.

I didn't read that comment as exhaustive. Meaning she's doing science and marketing.

But we all filter reality in our own preferred way...

Anonymous Difster December 04, 2014 5:21 PM  

She has three degrees, but instead of actually doing any science, engineering, or biology, she's using them to work in marketing.

And you can almost bet she was given all kinds of public grants to get through school. But she's a strong, independent woman. Right?

Blogger subject by design December 04, 2014 5:23 PM  

At our local library, girls are permitted to check-out all of the books. Even if the book says on the back cover that it is part of a series for boys. But I guess in some libraries books which are marketed to boys are off-limits for girls? Shouldn't the complaints be directed at the library instead of the publisher? Oh wait, I get it now, the words on the back cover cause "feel bad" for girl readers. Unlike actual bugs, which make most girls feel pretty good. Oops. That was sexist, wasn't it.

Blogger Northern Hamlet December 04, 2014 5:23 PM  

Those comments are somehow creepy in their enthusiastic urgency.

And I'm an equalityist.

Anonymous Brother Thomas December 04, 2014 5:24 PM  

Sadly the thrust of their lives isn't love and family, it's career and the vane pursuit of letters after a name. Life is a puff of smoke. It slips away before you even realize it. Work is a means not an end. These people are sad and empty.

Anonymous Cail Corishev December 04, 2014 5:27 PM  

She’s been working for the NSF on a project to interest more women and minorities in STEM.

So our tax dollars are paying her a salary so she can talk other low-aptitude, low-interest students into following in her footsteps, so they too can get government jobs like hers, where they can talk other people into following in their footsteps.... If every single one of them were abducted by aliens tonight, would anyone notice?

My favorite Dr. Seuss story was always the one about the bee-watcher-watchers.

By the way, anyone want to bet on how long it took her to get all those degrees? I've known girls who got one degree, then were dissatisfied with the job that followed, so they goes back to school (on tax money, natch) for another degree, but that's not quite right either... Some of them can keep changing/adding degrees for a decade or more, supplementing their income with clerical jobs that they could have gotten right out of high school. How many degrees do you have to get before people realize you're just indecisive?

Anonymous Brother Thomas December 04, 2014 5:32 PM  

Politics never fills the void. "The Cause" is self-delusion. It never fills the emptiness.

Anonymous map December 04, 2014 5:32 PM  

Female engineers are a joke. I knew one who could not get some Excel functionality to work because she forgot that you need three equations to solve for three unknowns.

Women typically get through STEM programs by hooking up with men who are at most one class ahead of them in any program. That way she gets insight into the tests and free tutoring with any problem sets. The rest of the year is taken up imposing on the professors and tutors.

It is very rare to find a woman just grinding away on her own to master the material.

Anonymous Stickwick December 04, 2014 5:36 PM  

She’s been working for the NSF on a project to interest more women and minorities in STEM.

Look, you're either interested in something or you're not; no one's going to make you interested in something you're not naturally inclined to do. And the STEM fields are hard enough that if you don't have a driving, half-suicidal passion to do that sort of work, you're not going to succeed. If these do-gooder dingbats were the least bit rational, they'd be trying to mentor the girls/minorities who are already interested and forget about the rest.

What do I think Lego should do? I think they should make half of all their future minifigs women. Construction set? Half the construction workers are women. Airplane set? Make one of the pilots a woman and one of the flight attendants a man. Police set? Not just a token woman, half women. Half the crooks, half the cops, half the bystanders. How hard is that?

Why not just make them ALL women? To hell with reality, to hell with profits, just make 'em all women. How hard is that?

Anonymous Scintan December 04, 2014 5:38 PM  

Holy crap. Somebody did the right thing for a change. I am blown away

All these years of scientific research, and we still can't fix stupid.

Anonymous Will Best December 04, 2014 5:40 PM  

The question is if there was any objective testing involved in getting the degrees or if its just credentialization with grading on curves + extra credit vagina points.

My university did blind grading, so you weren't going to get extra vag points unless you used a purple pen or put hearts on your i's or made bubble letters. However, it was fairly common for all 300 level+ classes to grade through a B+ since the weed out happened in the 200 level.

Typically though the projects were 60% of your grade so as long as you could average a D+ on your mid term and final you would pass the class. I know a couple girls whored their way through the 200 level getting thirsty boys to do their projects. A buddy of mine lost his virginity that way.

Anonymous jack December 04, 2014 5:46 PM  

My observation, from this blog, is that our Stickwick is a shining example of what a true scientist, who happens to be a Lady, is like. Would there were more.

Anonymous kfg December 04, 2014 5:46 PM  

" I've known girls who got one degree, then were dissatisfied with the job that followed, so they goes back to school . . ."

Meet my ex. She didn't use tax money though, she used parents and mine, so she's got that going for her, which is nice.

When she became dissatisfied with the second degree she: became a witch (redundant) and formed a Wiccan church. I was gone long before that, thank you very much.

Anonymous Stickwick December 04, 2014 5:50 PM  

My observation, from this blog, is that our Stickwick is a shining example of what a true scientist, who happens to be a Lady, is like. Would there were more.

Thanks, jack.

We have a very prestigious important female scientist visiting our department right now giving a talk on why there are so few women in science. Most of the women in my department are at the talk. I'm in my office, working. Make of that what you will.

Anonymous Bz December 04, 2014 5:54 PM  

"All these years of scientific research, and we still can't fix stupid."

But we CAN give it tenure. Progress!

Anonymous Will Best December 04, 2014 5:55 PM  

I've known girls who got one degree, then were dissatisfied with the job that followed, so they goes back to school . .

My buddy married a woman that is now a BA, PhD, MD, OB/GYN. Took her till 36. She did managed to push out two kids in all of that but about 6 months after she started making real money she decided she wanted to go part time because of work/life balance. I suspect, though I haven't broached with with him that she would probably have quit altogether to be a SAHM if she didn't run up 200k+ in student loans. It wouldn't surprise me to see her retire as soon as she pays those off or at least gets it down to the point where her husband can pay it off.

Blogger ajw308 December 04, 2014 5:57 PM  

She’s been working for the NSF on a project to interest more women and minorities in STEM.
All those degrees and she's involved in a social program.

Blogger Markku December 04, 2014 5:58 PM  

So she wrote to the publisher, as uppity young ladies are wont to do.

Seven year old girl wrote the publisher.

Yeeeaaah, I think there was one step in this chain of events that the author failed to mention.

Blogger jimmy-jimbo December 04, 2014 5:59 PM  

The thing about STEM jobs is they don't last long. Yet it is comical how the woman in the example has 3 degrees that don't relate at all. It's like she can't make up her mind and decided to go for it ALL. There is no career path if you show such convoluted credentials. I suppose at minimum, she should write software in the health field. Or perhaps work in ergonomics for a design firm. But she is doing nothing. Maybe she is married and a stay at home mom.

Anyways, no matter how you slice it, boys don't read books (generally speaking). I was always better in math and science so I stayed away from books that are detailed. Just my preference.

Anonymous Varenius December 04, 2014 5:59 PM  

Construction set? Half the construction workers are women... Police set? Not just a token woman, half women.

Because we're striving for realism here.

Blogger Tommy Hass December 04, 2014 6:16 PM  

Cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

Anonymous Stephen J. December 04, 2014 6:21 PM  

"I think they should make half of all their future minifigs women. Construction set? Half the construction workers are women. Airplane set? Make one of the pilots a woman and one of the flight attendants a man. Police set? Not just a token woman, half women. Half the crooks, half the cops, half the bystanders. How hard is that?"

The thesis here seems to be: If children are indoctrinated with a fictional reality in which distribution by sex is exactly 50-50 in all portrayed professions, sex distribution in real life will naturally move closer to a 50-50 balance in all professions by encouraging both boys and girls to consider vocations other than those they might normally tend to or be influenced towards. This seems... questionable, to put it as politely as possible.

Most SJs I read or hear about seem to have at least a vestigial sense of principle, in that they will claim if asked, "No, we're not saying you should enforce a strict 50-50 allocation quota everywhere and always." But if then asked, "Fine -- what degree of change in the current distribution would prove to you that bias is no longer influencing selection?", I have never seen anyone give a specific answer, and I am highly suspicious of conveniently undefinable success thresholds.

Anonymous MrGreenMan December 04, 2014 6:34 PM  

Men understand the message of this twisted post-Christian civilization: Men and boys don't have a right to exist anymore.

When the barbarian is the voting majority, and he votes to dispossess and dispose of the sad old hags, let them enjoy that they turned on and drove away their only friends and protectors.

The American woman hates a male baby in her womb - even though SCIENCE says that testosterone he gives her keeps her more within the rails of emotional hysteria and less prone to dimentia; what's to commend her?

Anonymous Roundtine December 04, 2014 7:06 PM  

Agree and amplify. Lego should make tranny characters, get rid of all the violent ninja, rapey pirates and war stuff.

Blogger Markku December 04, 2014 7:25 PM  

Steam recommendations:

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Dudes, dudes... Haven't you heard of brevity? You could have just named your game "Earth".

Anonymous Lone December 04, 2014 7:33 PM  

Social drinker or drunk? Social Sciencer or?

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus December 04, 2014 8:19 PM  

Stickwick, you're a good egg.

Blogger ChicagoRefugee December 04, 2014 8:25 PM  

Female feminist logic:

What's mine is mine.
What's yours is ours.

I'll believe these scrunts truly want equity and equality rather than dominance and payback when they launch a campaign - backed by DOJ! - for equal male representation in elementary education and nursing.

Seen any pigs flying through treetops lately?

Blogger Brad Andrews December 04, 2014 8:29 PM  

I noticed the first comment there:

I’m waiting for the usual suspects to show up to tell us how the company was hounded and forced to bow under the heel of an evil 7 yo feminist looking for things to be offended about.

They sure talk about those suspects, but I didn't see one post....

About Legos: They couldn't make the criminals female because that would make females feel bad.

I am sure boys will now use this opportunity to buy and play with Barbies, right? (Not to just blow them up either.)

Anonymous Rock Ingersol December 04, 2014 8:45 PM  

The thesis here seems to be: If children are indoctrinated with a fictional reality in which distribution by sex is exactly 50-50 in all portrayed professions

It's probably less about portraying a statistical reality and more about giving kids who buy the toys some options on which genders are represented.

If women represnt 3% of construction workers (guessing) and you get two figures in a set, then you're never going to get a girl lego construction worker. But they exist.

Anonymous Godfrey December 04, 2014 8:50 PM  

What you have to understand is that it is the Left's objective to make the world as flat and boring as possible. There vision is a gray boring unisex world where everyone is the exact same. Since they're losers, this is the only world in which they can not feel inferior.

Anonymous kfg December 04, 2014 8:51 PM  

@ ChicagoRefugee:

You missed the last line:

And what's ours is mine.

Blogger IM2L844 December 04, 2014 9:02 PM  

What do I think Lego should do? I think they should make half of all their future minifigs women. Construction set? Half the construction workers are women. Airplane set? Make one of the pilots a woman and one of the flight attendants a man. Police set? Not just a token woman, half women. Half the crooks, half the cops, half the bystanders. How hard is that?

Statistics is hard.

Blogger rycamor December 04, 2014 9:08 PM  

Josh December 04, 2014 4:55 PM

Wow just wow


So brave.

Anonymous Stickwick December 04, 2014 9:14 PM  

Stephen J.: The thesis here seems to be: If children are indoctrinated with a fictional reality in which distribution by sex is exactly 50-50 in all portrayed professions, sex distribution in real life will naturally move closer to a 50-50 balance in all professions by encouraging both boys and girls to consider vocations other than those they might normally tend to or be influenced towards. This seems... questionable, to put it as politely as possible.

But you notice how we never see these mushpies push for portraying a 50-50 balance in stuff like childcare, education, HR, psychology, social work, nursing, and administrative assistance?

Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus: Stickwick, you're a good egg.

Thanks. :^)

Blogger ChicagoRefugee December 04, 2014 9:16 PM  

I stand corrected, kfg, and I would correct it were it not for the absence of an edit button.*

*though I do understand why our genial host has declined to provide one - e.g. to keep our leftist totalitarian 1984-fan friends from re-writing history on the micro scale.

Blogger ChicagoRefugee December 04, 2014 9:21 PM  

There vision is a gray boring unisex world where everyone is the exact same

Oh yeah. Been saying for a while now that the more diverse everything is, the more the same everywhere'll be.

Anonymous kfg December 04, 2014 9:25 PM  

No problemo. It's embedded in me, as I got it full bore straight from the barrel of the afore mentioned witch.

Maybe someday I'll have dug all the pellets out.

Anonymous George of the Jungle December 04, 2014 9:31 PM  

What the lefts' unstated, unacknowledged goal of true equality will look like...

The thermodynamic heat death of the universe, wherein absolutely everything is distributed equally throughout all time and space. BTW, note the word "death".

Anonymous MendoScot December 04, 2014 9:52 PM  

I'll tip my hat again. You called it long before I saw it. I always suspected it was fraud, being an evolutionary biologist confronted with developmental problems, but it looks like simple fanaticism.

Pathetic.

Anonymous Jack Amok December 04, 2014 10:36 PM  

I didn't read that comment as exhaustive. Meaning she's doing science and marketing.

But we all filter reality in our own preferred way...


Nope, there's almost zero chance she's doing any real STEM. Maybe your impression of how science and engineering works comes from watching tv, but in the real world, engineers who are capable of doing real engineering don't waste time on marketing. And scientists who are capable of doing real science are engineers at heart.

The rest are credentialled windbags.

That opinion comes from decades of experience, not a "filter."

Anonymous kfg December 04, 2014 10:42 PM  

" . . .scientists who are capable of doing real science are engineers at heart."

I have always thought of that as my primary weakness as a scientist, but you have cast it as a compliment. Thank you.

Anonymous Equestrian025 December 04, 2014 10:51 PM  

Yes, the Lego Sexes are so well defined as it is. That's what Lego is all about too, forcing things on people. I wonder if this means we'll be getting American Boys Dolls?

Blogger MidKnight December 04, 2014 11:03 PM  

There seem to be a lot of these "plucky girls can do science/engineering/games as well as the guys can too" stories about all of a sudden...

For example - the Verge, two days ago -

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/2/7319431/high-school-girls-build-kick-ass-robots

Most of us know examples (hi Stickwick) of one lady or more who actually happen to be good at programming, engineering, etc. While they may still be girls, their defining characteristic, much like men in those fields, is a illingness to throw themselves into that kind of work, get their hands dirty, etc.

Most of us also know plenty of examples of women who have gotten some sort of STEM degree (Comp Sci and programming?) and now work as glorified HR/management/whatever, and certainly do NOT have that "hmmm, I wonder why that's not working, what if I poke at THIS" attitiude.

So in this story, a guy who successfully leads a robotics team from a poor school to beat MIT out, decides to make a project of getting a girls team together, because even girls telling him they weren't interested wasn't enough.

It’s a broader problem nationally. In elementary school, girls outperform boys in science and math, but, by college, only 18 percent of engineering majors are women. As a result, the majority of professional engineers, programmers, and scientists are male. The problem is often thought to crop up in high school, but little is done to fix it. Lajvardi and Cameron wanted to try.

I wonder if that has ANYTHING to do with boys starting to mature later than girls..... Nahhh...

So their first project was to design and build a robot from the ground up just liek the boys did, right? Nope....

The girls started working with a robot that the boys had initially built. Almost immediately, they solved problems that the boys couldn’t. One example: the robot wouldn’t drive straight. The boys tried to correct for this by over-steering, but it wasn’t a real solution. The girls took the robot apart, identified a problem in the drivetrain, and fixed it. Now when the robot needed to operate autonomously, it could complete its tasks without of veering off course.

So they instead get a pre-built robot, and take it apart to troubleshoot a problem the boys had half-assed corrected in software before going on to another project.

So they did just awesome in competitions, right? I mean, hey. They boys beat MIT under him.

The girls didn’t make it to the finals, but it was one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. They developed competition strategies without loud-mouthed boys and repaired the robot on the fly without having to defer to the strongly held opinions of the male members of the team. "I might not have stayed in engineering if Fredi and Allan hadn’t supported girls so much," says Angelica Hernandez, a former member of the team who was Arizona State University’s outstanding graduating senior in mechanical engineering in 2011 and received a Masters in Science in atmosphere and energy from Stanford in 2014. "That trip to San Diego was so important."

So they needed to be protected from the boys arguing for their way of doing things to be able to do their jobs, and might not have stayed in engineering if they hadn't been dragged into it - unlike boys who stay in despite being teased, bullied, ostracized, whatever, and deal with criticism of their work as an everyday event.


Given several credible stories I've come across of all-women companies imploding, I further wonder how much of them working together was his guidance as a male?

Blogger Markku December 04, 2014 11:10 PM  

Almost immediately, they solved problems that the boys couldn’t.

When your propaganda is THAT clumsy and obvious, it tends to have the opposite effect than intended.

Anonymous Discard December 04, 2014 11:13 PM  

There is a set of videos by a Norwegian comedian in which he talks with a number of PC Norwegian professionals, asking them Why This and Why That, as if he were just a wondering innocent. One of the things that came out was that 90% of Norwegian engineers are men and 90% of nurses are women. Keeping in mind that they have "comparable worth" laws over there, there is no financial incentive for a woman to choose engineering over nursing. Nobody could explain to the comedian why there were not more women in engineering, they all seemed clueless.
Of course, the comedian was addressing Those Who Can See.

Does anybody know of these videos? I've only seen a couple and would like to see more. Markku?

Blogger rycamor December 04, 2014 11:21 PM  

Yup. The women who can (and want to), do. The women who can't (but want the credit and attention anyway) complain until someone holds their hand. It reminds me of Flannery O'Connor's famous quote:

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Blogger Markku December 04, 2014 11:21 PM  

Nope, don't know much about Norway.

Blogger MidKnight December 04, 2014 11:31 PM  

@Markuu

Unfortunately, the audience the Verge pitches itself to wouldn't realize it's propaganda. It's just and right - the water they swim in.

Anonymous Sparx401 December 04, 2014 11:41 PM  

This was enough to draw tears from me today.

There is not enough face-palm in the world to do this justice...

Blogger Cederq December 05, 2014 12:12 AM  

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Anonymous kh123 December 05, 2014 12:13 AM  

"If every single one of them were abducted by aliens tonight, would anyone notice?"

Nyet. Haiku goes: If every single of one was dropped by machinegun with long mile cord attached to trigger, and I pull,... would neighboring village hear sound?

OpenID Jack Amok December 05, 2014 12:14 AM  

I have always thought of that as my primary weakness as a scientist, but you have cast it as a compliment. Thank you.

Oh you're most welcome. If all you've got is a hypothesis, you're not doing science, you're just expressing an opinion. In order to do science, you need a hypothesis and a way to test it. Designing the test is fundamentally enginnering. .A "scientist" who can't do engineering is nothing more than a tarted up opnion columnist.

Engineering is just solving problems based on a practical understanding of system behavior. If you're solving the problem of building a bridge, we call you a Civil Engineer. If you're solving the problem of testing theories about the Strong Nuclear Force, we call you a Scientist.

And if you're solving problems that don't really exist - like not enough Grrrls in STEM - then we call you a politician.

Anonymous Stephen J. December 05, 2014 12:24 AM  

Stickwick: But you notice how we never see these mushpies push for portraying a 50-50 balance in stuff like childcare, education, HR, psychology, social work, nursing, and administrative assistance?

As a matter of fact, I do. In an analogous phenomenon, I have also noticed that for all the constant complaints about "representation" of women in SF/F, I have never seen any SJW call for more male authors writing romance (a field where I firmly believe the mostly-female audience has no interest in what actual men have to say), or for more female authors writing technothrillers (a field where I firmly believe most women have next to no actual interest in the subject matter).

That said, the romance genre is notorious for using pseudonyms; it would not surprise me at all to find some of the "female" authors are actually men, and it would surprise me only a little if one or two technothriller authors turned out to be women. The point of equal opportunity is to make room for the outliers, not to compel balance around the mean.

Anonymous kfg December 05, 2014 12:38 AM  

" . . .then we call you a politician. "

Oooooo, that's some pretty strong language.

" . . . it would not surprise me at all to find some of the "female" authors are actually men . . ."

Not just in romance, but in other genres that get published in women's magazines. A "girl" has to make a living, even if she has a kickstand.

It's easy schlock to churn out and the money spends just as well as any other. My stepfather used to do it whenever he felt the need of a few extra bucks for essentially nominal work.

Blogger Feather Blade December 05, 2014 1:08 AM  

OT: editorial comments re: the SJW approved game Dragon Age: inquisition

When you think about it, Dragon Age: Inquisition is essentially Sexual Harassment: The RPG.

Blogger AdognamedOp December 05, 2014 1:17 AM  

"This was enough to draw tears from me today".

Whaat,.. somebody cried over this?
I can understand tears of laughter, but getting emo over some marketing decision is just plain dumb.

Who are these people?

Anonymous tiredofitall December 05, 2014 1:32 AM  

"What do I think Lego should do? I think they should make half of all their future minifigs women. Construction set? Half the construction workers are women."

Only if the women have a Stop/Slow sign permanently affixed to one hand just like in reality.

Anonymous ex-NYC guy December 05, 2014 1:54 AM  



You read a lot about these kids in the New York area. Case on point: Her PhD parents work at Presbyterian or Rockefeller and she gets the idea to test the DNA of fish served in NYC restaurants to see if it really is what the restaurant says it is. Kid gets a vanity write-up in the New York Times/New Yorker/Atlantic, maybe a co-author credit for some paper her dad's researcher buddy published.

When you are connected, you are connected.

Anonymous Leonidas December 05, 2014 1:58 AM  

Re: the title

Something is so wrong with these people that I just had a Facebook ad denied approval because it contained the words "burn fat." Evidently this "refers to a person's body type" and is unacceptable.

For a freaking fitness fitness boot camp class.

Seriously, this shit is out of hand. Way out of hand.

Anonymous Leonidas December 05, 2014 1:59 AM  

And in case you weren't sure, I literally removed just a couple of words (I had to re-edit the sentence so that it still made sens) and the ad got approved. Such a crock.

Anonymous Big Bill December 05, 2014 2:06 AM  

I'll believe these scrunts truly want equity and equality rather than dominance and payback when they launch a campaign - backed by DOJ! - for equal male representation in elementary education and nursing.

And equal female representation on death row! Let's close the Death Penalty Gap!

Anonymous Sensei December 05, 2014 3:42 AM  

I once read about a Darwin award granted to someone who sawed through the branch they were sitting on. There are going to be a lot of Darwin awards in a decade or two, if anyone still has the stomach for satire when reality is that dire.

Blogger Vogon X December 05, 2014 3:54 AM  

@Discard: the videos you're talking about are linked here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/comments/1vuho8/the_documentary_that_made_scandinavians_cut_all/

Anonymous Crazy Willie December 05, 2014 3:58 AM  

Yeah, like them gals who thought they were on the Titanic and sent their litter to Davey Jones locker.
IIRC , one was turned into the poster child for post partum depression and the other for post marriage to a Christian deppression.

Anonymous Bz December 05, 2014 4:31 AM  

"It’s a broader problem nationally. In elementary school, girls outperform boys in science and math, but, by college, only 18 percent of engineering majors are women."

Oh, of course it's a problem ... right?

Well, perhaps there's a qualitative difference between science/math in elementary school and science/math in college.

Anonymous Bz December 05, 2014 4:33 AM  

"high-school-girls-build-kick-ass-robots"

And judging from the article, this should in the name of truthfulness be "high school girls repair kick-ass robots", shouldn't it?

Anonymous Steve December 05, 2014 5:27 AM  

MidKnight - I think like most people, my reaction to hearing girls want to do maths or science is "good".

But my reaction to special pleading for safe spaces and esteem building, sob stories about how girls can't be expected to achieve in the presence of stinky boys, and half-arsed propaganda pieces intended to "prove" girls are better at science is... "fuck off".

What kind of monstrous, super-fragile personalities are they cultivating among young women? Remember that daft cow who overheard a couple of geeks making some lame jokes about dongles, so thought she'd tell the world to get them fired? Are they trying to clone her or something?

Last week I was in a management meeting at the London office of the multinational tech firm I work for. We were laughing and joking about who in the business looks most like a lesbian, and which of the (male) managers in another team is the biggest cunt. I presented my plan to "rape and pillage" my team's sales territory.

I get the feeling there'd have been some kind of inquisition set up if we'd had a similar conversation in the US offices. But this was just a normal meeting in UK corporate land. Nobody took offence.

Anonymous Thales December 05, 2014 8:32 AM  

You read a lot about these kids in the New York area. Case on point: Her PhD parents work at Presbyterian or Rockefeller and she gets the idea to test the DNA of fish served in NYC restaurants to see if it really is what the restaurant says it is. Kid gets a vanity write-up in the New York Times/New Yorker/Atlantic, maybe a co-author credit for some paper her dad's researcher buddy published.

Yet it's the working-class white guys that need to "check their privilege"...

Anonymous Discard December 05, 2014 8:55 AM  

Vogon X: Thank you.

Anonymous zapbrannigan1 December 05, 2014 9:31 AM  

@Cail Corishev

+1 for the Bee Watcher Watcher reference. Seuss's story "I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew" was one of my favorites growing up. It's not one of his better-known stories but I love it because it contains a strong message about the difficulty of life, and how perfection (utopia) is an empty promise peddled by the unscrupulous. Would that our foolish brothers on the Left had learned this lesson as children rather than assailing us with their ignorance as adults.

Anonymous zapbrannigan1 December 05, 2014 9:35 AM  

Aaaand, I just realized that the Bee Watcher Watchers weren't in Solla Sollew, but rather "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" (I have three kids under six, so the Doctor and I are on close terms). Another great story.

Carry on...

Anonymous Jack Amok December 05, 2014 11:19 AM  

Seuss's story "I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew" was one of my favorites growing up.

That is my favorite Seuss story. The ending is great.

But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

Blogger John Wright December 05, 2014 11:23 AM  

"Seuss's story "I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew" was one of my favorites growing up. It's not one of his better-known stories but I love it because it contains a strong message about the difficulty of life, and how perfection (utopia) is an empty promise peddled by the unscrupulous."

Amen! I read that book to my boys as their bedtime stories, and I make them laugh because, every time a false promise is made, I close my book on my finger, pretending that I am fuddled into thinking that this is the happy ending, and that the youth from the Valley of Vung has actually solved all his troubles, and the boys yell at me in outrage, knowing darn well that the promise is false, and that this is not the end of the story.

Oh, my boys love that story. They particularly love the last page where the Youth returns to Vung with a baseball bat, ready to cream his troubles. I always ask my boys how much good a baseball bat is going to be against a quail, an insect, a mole and a very hard rock.

Anonymous Cail Corishev December 05, 2014 12:22 PM  

When your propaganda is THAT clumsy and obvious, it tends to have the opposite effect than intended.

The phrase "damning with faint praise" comes to mind. If there's a concerted, widespread effort by thousands of editors and journalists and academics throughout society to come up with stories on women succeeding in STEM, and the best they can do is women who got STEM degrees and quickly switched to other fields like marketing, or the robot-fighting equivalent of one of Prince's girl bands, readers just might start thinking there are NO successful women in STEM.

Blogger MidKnight December 05, 2014 12:26 PM  

a) I remember that Seuss story. I'll have to go find it now. Damn.

@ Steve

You have actually given me a small reason to envy you guys over there.

Like you - if someone WANTS to be an engineer/ play games/ be a nuke operator/ write code/build robots my response is "Good. Have at it."

I spent years as a nuke instructor in the Navy - so I am NOT predisposed to say "screw you" but am willing to help.

But you gotta do the work. And you will be wrong. Or you will be right, and either way someone will tell you you screwed up (they're wrong, or have a different workable approach). Things will break. And when we grew up, people didn't much like you for preferring digging through a car manual or a fantasy novel or building a functional fly-by-tether plane to whatever they were doing, having too many right answers in class, or whatever.

It's something you can't really persist at unless you like it at some level other than "wouldn't it be cool if I could be a..."

So I still toy with electronics, play tabletop and computer war-games and RPG's, web coding, tons of reading, and fix things. Because I like it.

Blogger MidKnight December 05, 2014 12:27 PM  

@Cail Corishev

"Capable of reaching an objective given map, compass, and supervision."

Blogger natschuster December 05, 2014 12:47 PM  

Are they marketing books to girls? Let me get this straight. Marketing to boys is sexist, and not marketing to girls is also sexist. I'm so confused.

Anonymous zapbrannigan1 December 05, 2014 1:31 PM  

@John Wright

Great story. I'll have to start doing that with my son. : )

Blogger SirHamster December 05, 2014 2:09 PM  

Yes, the Lego Sexes are so well defined as it is.

It's asking too much for little girls and women to take a female Lego minifig head (lipstick and eyelashes) and put it on a police uniform body.

Or to even use their imagination and say the bikini babe is an undercover cop who is also a brilliant scientist-astronaut-doctor. Gotta have the company Make a Statement with the Official Build Plan.

Blogger GoldRush Apple December 05, 2014 3:59 PM  

Every time I learn that a person doesn't want kids, not because they can't afford it (not that it stops the low-income), their profession strictly doesn't allow sex (religious life) or due to health reasons (weak heart, high blood pressure), I tend to think they're a bit more worthless than the homeless who suffers from no mental ailments.

Blogger Markku December 05, 2014 4:48 PM  

Meanwhile in England: The propagander is mating with the propagoose.

A little bit of linguistic humor, he he he.

Anonymous tiredofitall December 05, 2014 5:30 PM  

"Every time I learn that a person doesn't want kids, not because they can't afford it (not that it stops the low-income), their profession strictly doesn't allow sex (religious life) or due to health reasons (weak heart, high blood pressure), I tend to think they're a bit more worthless than the homeless who suffers from no mental ailments." - GoldRush Apple

Would being a genetic timebomb fall under "health reasons"? I only ask because that's why I've chosen to never have kids and burden them with my inherited bullshit DNA. (And yet I have three older brothers who had two kids apiece, only one of nephews has died before 30.)

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