From Powerline we get this,

Are STEM Syllabi Gendered? A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis


This study explored the gendered nature of STEM higher education institution through a feminist critical discourse analysis of STEM course syllabi from a Midwest research university. I explored STEM syllabi to understand how linguistic features such as stance and interdiscursivity are used in the syllabus and how language and discourses used in the syllabus replicate the masculine nature of STEM education. Findings suggest that the discourses identified in the syllabi reinforce traditional STEM academic roles, and that power and gender in the STEM syllabi are revealed through exploration of the themes of knowledge, learning, and the teaching and learning environment created by the language used in the syllabus. These findings inform and extend understanding of the STEM syllabus and the STEM higher education institution and lead to recommendations about how to make the STEM syllabus more inclusive for women. [Emphasis added.]

If you read to the end of the paper (ah, the things I do for Power Line readers!), you find this among the suggested remedies:

This suggests that there is an opportunity for STEM courses to reduce the perception of courses as difficult and unfriendly through language use in the syllabi, and also as a guide for how to use less competitive teaching methods and grading profiles that could improve the experience of female students. [Emphasis added.]

In other words, dumb it down and practice grade inflation for the girls in the class, who are no different from boys, don’t you ever forget.

So what is the takeaway here?  Apparently girls are not entering STEM programs at a large enough rate, and once there, are not doing particularly well.  It would seem that some think that it is a big conspiracy.  For example, my one sister would be such a person.   She was very unhappy that the robotics club at the local school was almost all boys.  She felt that the boys in the club were intimidating any girls that might want to join.  So she started a robotics club for just girls.    Can anybody guess what happened?  Well, there were no participants.  The girls were just not interested; especially when they could not depend on the boys making cool robots to impress them.

So what is really going on?  Why are women so poor at STEM?

I. People who really like STEM tend to be highly intelligent.  These would be mostly males, as they have the wider intelligence bell curve, yielding a greater number of highly intelligent individuals.

II. One can make an OK to good living through STEM.  It is mostly considered to be valuable, and as such, talent will be in demand.    Women need not worry about such things, as lots of marketing and HR jobs are reserved for them.

III. One should be competent if one is in a STEM field.  Incompetence shows readily.  Modern women don’t need to bother to be competent, so why should they put in the effort

IV.  STEM requires deriving creative solutions that work in the real world.  Enough said.

Now it is your turn.  Why do STEM and women not mix?


Addendum: Within the last year I came across an article that tried to explain a perceived anomaly with respect to computer science and the number of women entering the field.  It seems that thirty years ago, many women did choose to go to the University for a Computer Science degree.  And then the numbers dropped.  The article made the case that the time of transition was also the time that geek/nerd culture in the computer world became popular.  The assertion was that women just did not want to be around such guys.  There is probably much truth in that.  But perhaps a better way to look at it is that up to that time, computer science was viewed a a prestigious field, one that provided many respectable career opportunities (e.g. white shirt IBM culture).  Sure, it might take some work, but there were rewards at the end.  After the culture shift, the prestige went away, and who but people who really truly did like the field would tolerate that?


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95 comments on “STEM
  1. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I can’t remember where I saw the video but, if I remember correctly, Norway had tried twice to get women’s participation up in STEM by offering incredible incentives. It works for a time. Remove the incentives and the participation reverts to the baseline. The woman explaining it said that women are not inclined to work in STEM fields.

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  2. Yoda says:

    Same work, same pay they do get,

    Even though cash is a bigger motivator for men than for women, they’re getting equal pay for equal positions, education, and experience says tech job search firm Dice.

    No salary gap exists between women and men in tech, says job search firm Dice, looking at its annual survey of 16,000 tech professionals, as long as you are comparing people with equal experience, education, and job titles.

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  3. Cill says:

    Feminists wreck everything they touch. They won’t be happy until the F:M ratio in STEM at universities is 60:40 They’ll achieve this by dumbing it down and making it a hostile place for males. And then they still won’t be happy. God they’re a miserable bunch of good-for-nothings, worse than a waste of space.

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  4. Yoda says:

    No salary gap exists between women and men in tech, says job search firm Dice, looking at its annual survey of 16,000 tech professionals, as long as you are comparing people with equal experience, education, and job titles.

    Better to compare apples and oranges it would be,
    Then “wage gap” create one could


  5. copperfox3c says:

    If you look at every study, you see that women in STEM:

    1) Are paid the same amount (assuming same job title/experience level)

    2) That there is actually a huge hiring bias TOWARDS women in STEM and science in general, due to diversity initiatives

    3) For Girls who pursue STEM degrees, only about half will still be working in a STEM field within a decade of graduation … roughly a 4 times higher rate of attrition than men.

    4) Women make up nearly 60% of college undergraduates in the U.S., but only 12% of STEM majors. This despite having 4 times the number of scholarships available as men.

    The reality is that many of the concrete barriers towards women in STEM (pay, educational opportunities) have been removed, so the SJWs and feminists now try to blame “culture”. Which is really just a “please make it as easy as possible for me” argument. No one ever reached their full potential through comfort. It comes from hard work.

    The reality is that we don’t need more women engineers, we just need more engineers. And all this investment in trying to force us to have more women engineers doesn’t appear to be paying off, nor very wise.

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  6. Cill says:

    Bike clocked at 232 khp (145 MPH). Hope it wasn’t our Molly.

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  7. Tarnished says:

    I tried to read the bolded print above, FB. I really did. However, it turned into gobbledygook as soon as I saw the term “interdiscursivity”.

    What the hell? Maybe if I’d taken drugs in college this would make more sense…

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  8. Yoda says:

    I saw the term “interdiscursivity”.

    Give the whole game away it does.

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  9. Liz says:

    “I explored STEM syllabi to understand how linguistic features such as stance and interdiscursivity are used in the syllabus and how language and discourses used in the syllabus replicate the masculine nature of STEM education. “

    I submit that anyone who wrote the above is too fucktarded to understand anything related to “STEM syllabi”. She was probably wondering why there weren’t any cute pictures.

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  10. Cill says:

    Dull people use latinate English in a vain attempt to sound intelligent, but succeed only in sounding intellectual.

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  11. Tarnished says:

    Oh! Not on topic (well, maybe a tad):

    So today I learned that, despite the fact I suffer from severe bouts of laryngitis throughout the year, which can render me effectively mute for 2-3 days at a time…I shouldn’t use ASL terms to communicate with people. (3 of my coworkers remember some from high school, my guy knows a bunch from a previous job, and I’ve taken a few online classes to learn common phrases and signs.)

    I was signing “you want french fries?” to the coworker I was splitting lunch with today, and a customer freaked out and basically said that she “knows I am gifted with normal hearing and how dare I use ASL so casually”.

    Apparently if you can hear, but can’t fucking speak, you’re supposed to write everything down instead of using a legitimate preexisting language to communicate. Because damn it, I’m hearing privileged, and have no place “mocking” the deaf community at large.

    My eyes rolled so far, I thought they’d fall out of their sockets… 😛

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  12. Tarnished says:


    This mule-licker is so redundant that I started seeing double. How many times do you have to say Syllabus/syllabi? Are you writing for an audience of goldfish with 10 second memory spans?

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  13. Tarnished says:

    I should note quickly here that I’m certainly *not* a fluent signer, and wouldn’t be able to keep up a full on conversation with a deaf or hoh person unless it was incredibly basic topics and they signed slowly. I only use it to speed up personal communications when writing would be too time consuming or ridiculous for a short question/answer.


  14. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    To answer on behalf of Molly

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  15. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    It’s not that the grading is so hard while in school, it’s that, in the real world, STEM is pass/fail.

    Could that be a little intimidating?
    It’s not that the fembots want to do this work themselves. It’s that they want it to be “no big deal” that men do it. Overall, they want to remove all paths to dignity for men.

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  16. Liz says:

    “Why do STEM and women not mix?”

    I think you’ve hit the major points. It’s difficult, they aren’t as interested in general. I can’t think of any women I know who went into engineering who actually liked it. Most weren’t good at it either (although I did know women who were good at specific sciences like chemistry, and quite a few who were good at math).
    Contrary to what the “qualitative analysis” (seriously, was this thing written on a dare? or intended to be some sort of drinking game?) above would indicate, I think women are almost pressured to go into those fields, even when they don’t really want to.
    They definitely provide a lot of direct and indirect incentives for it.

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  17. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Is there a way we can bottle up all the feminist bitching and sink it in the Marianas Trench?
    Enough, already.
    The good news is that neither men nor fembots will want to see this travesty of a movie.

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  18. Farm Boy says:

    Girls night out

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  19. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Hollywood had to spend some serious money making this turkey. When released, it’ll be panned by the fembots and the manosphere. Investors should be nervous. That the fembots would slam a movie expressly made to pander to their sensibilities should slow future investment in this genre.

    Maybe this will make some people feel a little better.

    “Dogs and cats, living together!”

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  20. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    One obervation of the obvious. The new cast is plain to the point of being ordinary.Could the fembots be expecting super-glamorous women to play the parts? If this is true, it is a telling point. I just don’t know what it’s suposed to tell me. Latent or not so latent homosexuality?

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  21. Yoda says:

    Guys think the new Ghostbusters is funny not.
    The women unappealing they are.
    Men have to dragged to it they eould

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  22. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    What it comes down to is, will little boys want to see it? They loved the 1984 version to the point where they could recite every line.I’d bet a doughnut that little girls liked it too.


  23. Yoda says:

    A likable lot those women are not.
    Probably vote for Hillary they would.
    At home baking cookies they should be.
    Perhaps more likable they would be then.

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  24. Yoda says:

    Feminists like Ghostbusters they might.
    The above bitching perhaps indicative of their general sentiment not.

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  25. Yoda says:

    It’s hard to tell what the blonde lady’s personality is supposed to be, though. Wacky? Soft-spoken like Egon, but wacky? She’s pretty, not that she should be judged by that. Whatever the case, she’s definitely the “Egon” of the group. More importantly, she’s female! She is definitely a female Ghostbuster, and that’s what audiences want to see. Because it’s 2016, and there haven’t been any female Ghostbusters yet.

    So, who else is in this? Well, there was the… what are we supposed to call her? The plus-sized gal? The Melissa McCarthy one. It looks like she’s the “Ray” of the group, I think. She… says some words. She does the Exorcist thing with her neck. She gets slimed. She’s Melissa McCarthy. People like Melissa McCarthy, right?

    And then the, y’know, less full-figured one, with the bangs… Is she the “Venkman”? I can’t really tell. She says some words and gets slimed too. She is a person who is not a man, and she is in this movie.

    No offense, but I’m not really picking up a Bill Murray vibe from anybody in this group. Or even Brian Doyle Murray. Everybody remembers Venkman, because he said interesting things in an interesting way. Maybe they don’t want to look like they’re just recycling that idea?

    But that’s okay, that’s okay. This is going to stand alone as its own movie, with its own characters and plot and ghosts, piggybacking on a multimillion-dollar franchise that audiences have cherished for decades. It doesn’t need to give us any overt laughs, per se…

    Did you notice that they’re all female? I don’t have a problem with that. Maybe you have a problem with that, but I don’t. I think it’s great. This is what we deserve.

    Oh, and Thor is in it! The guy who plays Thor, I mean. He plays a different character in this movie, and I think I heard he’s in some way subservient to the main characters. Hey, it’s about time, right?

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  26. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    You made me think of something else. If feminists pan a movie and that encourages women to see it, that kind of undercuts thier power percieved by the generl public. This could be confirmed by they’re endorsement resulting in poorer receipts.
    Fembot opinion could become a contrary indicator. 😛


  27. Yoda says:

    Fembot opinion could become a contrary indicator.

    Always true this is

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  28. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Those fembots! ^They’re inscrutable!


  29. Yoda says:

    Quiet like Degoba it is.
    The Ghostbusters women chased everybody away they did.

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  30. Yoda says:

    Perhaps Big Red a Ghostbustsr she should have been

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  31. Cill says:

    How would Big Red have busted a ghost?

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  32. Sumo says:

    How would Big Red have busted a ghost?

    By sitting on it. Oh, wait – there’s already a land whale in that cast. Ah well.

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  33. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Did somone mention Big Red?

    First, the happy expected video.
    Now, for the unexpected.

    Thi s had to be recorded the night of Milo and Christian Hoff Sommers lecture at the Univ. of Minnesota. This guy could have turne d violent on a word. Is this what we want out tax dollars supporting?


  34. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    A few days ago, I caught grief for wanting to know the source of feminist hate. Dalrock has seen fit to write a post on that topic.
    If it’s all about authority, do men have to play? In Dalrock’s video, not a word about submission, helping, or making sandwiches.

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  35. Spawny Get says:

    I watched that trailer for the GhastlyBusted movie. I didn’t smile once. They took the same material but forgot how humour works

    “Be funny, don’t be unfunny”

    This does seem to be ‘like rocket science’ for women.

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  36. Spawny Get says:

    I’m begging you Tarn, please don’t tell me you have an accent like the receptionist in the funny film. A unicorn with that accent would…break reality. Hmm…I’m actually laughing at the idea of a PFUDOR video dubbed thusly. It could really work.

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  37. Spawny Get says:

    HEY! It’s SNOWING! Some of it is settling in banks as high as a centimetre! Most of it is just melting. This weather front wasn’t supposed to arrive till later, so could be interesting later.

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  38. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Did someone say PFUDOR?


  39. Spawny Get says:

    Nobody said PFUDOR

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  40. Spawny Get says:

    My weather app says ‘sunshine, no clouds, 5 degrees’.

    Looking out the window?
    ‘completely overcast, some very dark clouds, snowing, 0.5 degrees’

    And these people claim credibility for their CAGM?


  41. Tarnished says:

    I’m begging you Tarn, please don’t tell me you have an accent like the receptionist in the funny film. A unicorn with that accent would…break reality.

    No worries there. You have to be from Brooklyn to have an accent like Janine, which I most assuredly am not.

    The saddest part about the new Ghostbusters movie is…it could have been good. They could’ve brought back the remaining original cast, shown them getting ready to retire but, already having opened a Ghostbusters training school, had new recruits lined up to take their place. I also would’ve preferred it to be 2 female and 2 male Ghostbusters. That would’ve provided some camaraderie and partnership between the sexes, something we desperately need in media right now.

    Instead, they are trying to grab onto the coattails of a great franchise, and using it in a foolish attempt to appeal to Team Woman. The funniest part is, of course, that they even failed at *that*.

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  42. Spawny Get says:

    I was never Ghostbuster’s greatest fan, but it is a fun flick. Lots of energy, some witticism, some great laughs. The femeroid one is just rank.

    The ‘waciss’ claims over the black woman are a gift to the sane society (or what’s left of it). They bellow that

    You can’t make SJWs happy. Whatever you do, will always be insufficient. Will always attract even more criticism than you’d have got for doing nothing…so why bother at all? Fuck the SJWs…they’re insane and they’re incompatible with a healthy society

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  43. Spawny Get says:

    “They could’ve brought back the remaining original cast, shown them getting ready to retire but, already having opened a Ghostbusters training school, had new recruits lined up to take their place.”

    I could have liked that as a basic backstory.

    Speaking of fembotulated movies. Mad Maxine has been available to watch for free for a couple of weeks now…I haven’t even bothered to start it on those terms.

    I will put in a good word for the UK series ‘Peaky Blinders‘ though. A couple of nods to modern female ‘sense’ibilities, some anachronistic culti-multi on the fringes, but otherwise it’s a working class white man’s world. Set in 1919 ‘op-north-like after four years of blood in the trenches the men are back home. The first series is old enough to potentially be on your local netflix / amazon prime etc.

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  44. SFC Ton says:

    Women aren’t funny so I reckon that movie will be a turd. Even the 50/50 Tarn suggestion would make the movie a turd. Not only are women not funny, as a rule though Liz makes me chuckle, political concreteness ensures what ever humor they are capable of is still born

    Peaky Binders; tried to watch it but its impossible to understand. Might as well be in Greek vs English

    as for STEM; kind of pointless since employers are trying their best to replace native born STEM workers with folks from India. That’s the battle the STEM crowd should be fighting

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  45. Spawny Get says:

    ‘impossible to understand’

    The Brummy accent (i.e. accent from Birmingham) is not the most clear, it must be said. It’s not exactly associated with intellect either. I’m just saying that for my colonial brothers who are often under the misapprehension that all English accents display smartz and klasz.

    The chief cop’s Ulster accent is like the voice of an angry, vengeful god. Sam ‘Kiwi’ Neill did well with that.

    The brummy accent, you ask? Well, try Kev ‘the brummy spud’ Logan

    Back to Peaky Blinders. Bane joins in season two. I guess he’s supposed to be a Landahner inne? (that is to say, a native of London).
    Starts with the Brummy, ends with Bane Lahndahn.

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  46. Yoda says:

    Yes, be like police academy “but with ghosts” one could have.
    Hilarity ensues hopefully it would

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  47. Yoda says:

    Perhaps Jar- Jar should join Big Red in Ghostbusing he should.
    Annoy ghosts into leaving he would

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  48. Yoda says:

    Women and current politics

    Democrats are having a turnout problem in their 2016 primaries. Fewer voters came out to participate in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries than they did in 2008, when Barack Obama was running against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who is running again now). Conversely, turnout in many states was vastly higher for Republicans than it was in 2008, demonstrating an enthusiasm gap between the parties.

    And despite the fact that a larger share of Democratic primary voters are women, more women voted in Republican primaries in many of the Super Tuesday states.

    Virginia demonstrated this phenomenon the best, as Republican turnout was up 109 percent compared to 2008, while Democratic turnout was down 14 percent from 2008. This resulted in nearly 482,000 women voting in the Republican primary versus about 444,000 women voting in the Democratic primary.

    The same occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. In total, more than 4 million women voted in the Republican primaries on Tuesday, compared to just over 3.2 million voting in the Democratic primaries.

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  49. Spawny Get says:

    Spoiler alert: Angry Joe ain’t happy. “This movie is dead to me”

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  50. Yoda says:

    SJWs and their problems

    The p.c. style of politics has one serious, possibly fatal drawback: It is exhausting. Claims of victimhood that are useful within the left-wing subculture may alienate much of America. The movement’s dour puritanism can move people to outrage, but it may prove ill suited to the hopeful mood required of mass politics. Nor does it bode well for the movement’s longevity that many of its allies are worn out. “It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing,” confessed the progressive writer Freddie deBoer. “There are so many ways to step on a land mine now, so many terms that have become forbidden, so many attitudes that will get you cast out if you even appear to hold them. I’m far from alone in feeling that it’s typically not worth it to engage, given the risks.” Goldber wrote recently about people “who feel emotionally savaged by their involvement in [online feminism] — not because of sexist trolls, but because of the slashing righteousness of other feminists.” Former Feministing editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay told her, “Everyone is so scared to speak right now.”

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  51. Liz says:

    Quotable quote from the video above, “I don’t want this to be real.”
    LOL ’nuff said.
    What the hell has happened to entertainment?
    I’d say an all female Ghost Busters is the worst possible idea ever, but they haven’t made the all female Three Stooges movie (yet).
    Wouldn’t THAT be a hoot?
    Slapstick comedy would be so much better if you added queebs!
    Head—-> Wall

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  52. Yoda says:

    Not good this is,

    second caregiver at a Virginia daycare that was run like a “baby fight club” was convicted of child cruelty and other counts Thursday for abusing and neglecting children in her care.

    Kierra Spriggs, 26, was convicted of four counts of felony child cruelty and two misdemeanor assault and battery charges on Thursday.


  53. Yoda says:

    Patriarchy in trouble it is,

    Who you gonna call? The new, very female Ghostbusters, that’s who.
    The first trailer for the all-new, all-female Ghostbusters is here and goodness gracious it is everything we hoped and dreamed for. In addition to being incredibly hilarious and visually on point, the trailer is also unabashedly proud of its four female leads and the feminism it is espousing. Don’t believe us? We rounded up five times the trailer used proton packs to shoot right through Hollywood conventions about gender.


  54. Spawny Get says:

    “Don’t believe us?”
    No, no I don’t.

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  55. Yoda says:

    Powerful Milo is,

    Student Government Board President Nasreen Harun is reported to have “teared up” after “hearing students’ experiences as a result of Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk on Monday.”

    “We’re very sorry people are feeling the way they are and it was not intended… and we’re sorry people are not proud to be at Pitt,” she expressed in deep remorse.

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  56. Spawny Get says:

    The article it comes from isn’t very good, but I thought that you might like the image
    ( )

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  57. Yoda says:

    You have to be from Brooklyn to have an accent like Janine,

    Most Americans hate that accent they do.


  58. Sorry I have been so busy with biz stuff I haven’t been able to comment much, but I will catch up this weekend on all your cleverness! 🙂

    New post at my place:

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  59. Farm Boy says:


    There is a new Ghostbusters movie coming out this summer! As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, a lot of people are unhappy about this fact and have expressed their concerns with a tenor that’s, let’s just say… violently sexist?

    For some, the speed with which one can type a sentence and post it onto the internet has greatly outpaced the speed with which one can form a coherent thought. This isn’t so surprising. IRL, for most of us, our brains have long been outpaced by our mouths. What’s important, online and offline, is to take a moment of introspection to assess our feelings on any given matter.


  60. Yoda says:

    SJWs gone wild,

    Two weeks ago, some students threw a birthday party for a friend. The email invitation read: “the theme is tequila, so do with that what you may. We’re not saying it’s a fiesta, but we’re also not not saying that :).” The invitation — sent by a student of Colombian descent, which may or may not be relevant here — advertised games, music, cups and “other things that are conducive to a fun night.”

    Those “other things” included the miniature sombreros, several inches in diameter. And when photos of attendees wearing those mini-sombreros showed up on social media, students and administrators went ballistic.

    College administrators sent multiple schoolwide emails notifying the students about an “investigation” into a possible “act of ethnic stereotyping.”

    Partygoers ultimately were reprimanded or placed on “social probation,” and the hosts have been kicked out of their dorm, according to friends.

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  61. Liz says:

    “There is a new Ghostbusters movie coming out this summer! As I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, a lot of people are unhappy about this fact and have expressed their concerns with a tenor that’s, let’s just say… violently sexist?”

    She’s obviously on the payroll.

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  62. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I still think the fembots would be playing a different tune if the cast were all bombshellls instead of plain janes. They never address what bothers them directly, making it very hard to satisfy them.
    Personally, I think Hollywood should give up trying. It’s been less than nine a year since the new Mad Max was released and Spawny echos my sentiments about not wanting to watch it even if it’s free.

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  63. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    That is distressing about the day care workers. There go all the fembot arguments about leaving children in the care of other.

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  64. Yoda says:

    To best sum up the Ghostbusters cast say this one might, “They are marriage material not”.
    Perhaps change name to “Ballbusters” they should

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  65. Yoda says:

    Wonder if cheer for the ghosts I will…

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  66. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    This link is up Liz’s alley.

    I have to wonder what the Dreyfuss Affair did to the French. That was only one guy. It seems the US military is prosecuting someone on dubious allegations at rhe rate of at least one per month and has been doing so for decades.

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  67. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    “Wonder if cheer for the ghosts I will…”
    How about if all of us joined you at the theater? 😛


  68. David Foster says:

    I keep hearing people make the allegation that ‘women aren’t comfortable in competitive environments and therefore we need to (reconfigure STEM classes, etc)’

    But there are a lot of women who are quite successful in Law, which is pretty competitive in most colleges and can be *extremely* competitive on the job….and there are also many women in B-to-B sales positions, which are usually very competitive…I know many women in the latter category, and several in the former.

    It seems unlikely that someone would be unable to deal with the comments of a snide nerd in Computer Science class but *would* be able to effectively sell to an abrasive corporate purchasing manager.

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  69. Cill says:

    Female ghost busters (yawn).


  70. Cill says:

    Unless you mean female ghosts have busters…
    I’d be a sucker for those.

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  71. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I am still thinking about all of us showing up as our internet personae to heckle a movie.
    Would that be newsworthy?

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  72. Spawny Get says:

    David (only your first comment needed clearing, the rest should be automatically let through),

    As a softie, all the environments I’ve worked in have had men keen to have more women around. Now maybe that’s changing as the biases against men in the field grow larger in the search for (bullshit) diversity…I don’t know. I’d be very happy for merit to rule the marketplace, and let the demographics fall as they might. I’ve personally not had any issues working with women. I don’t remember having any direct superior who was female.

    I don’t believe there’s a hostile environment, I agree with you that not all women would care if there was. I suspect that given the choice, most females just aren’t that interested in the fields. Harald Eia’s documentary series ‘brainwashing’ was very interesting regarding brain differences.

    Here’s part one of the series


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  73. Spawny Get says:

    ‘busters’ being ‘baps’ perhaps?


  74. Cill says:

    “‘busters’ being ‘baps’ perhaps?”
    ‘kin oath

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  75. Yoda says:

    BAP — Bisexual and Proud?


  76. Yoda says:

    Comedy in 2016 is already on life support. Comedians live in fear that a particular joke will outrage someone, anyone, and the blowback will go viral. Jobs are at stake. So are livelihoods. When Jerry Seinfeld, the squeakiest of squeaky clean comics, complains about people taking his jokes the wrong way, there’s a problem.

    The upcoming documentary “Can We Take a Joke?” lets stand-ups speak out against the PC Police. Will it arrive in time to change hearts and minds

    We just watched an entire Oscars ceremony begging us to forgive Hollywood for being racist. What happened next? People were upset by jokes they say targeted Asian-Americans.

    Would you want to write comedy for a living today?

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  77. Spawny Get says:

    There was a comment hung up in the spam filter, just found and cleared it


    It’s time to end the war on personal freedom. Prohibition never works, as the past has proven time and time again. And the demand for prostitution will never go away, hence it is the world’s oldest profession. It’s high time to LEGALIZE IT, both for the sake of the women who engage in prostitution and the men who buy it.

    Contrary to false beliefs, the vast majority of women who engage in prostitution do so voluntarily. Therefore why should they not be allowed to legally trade sex for money? Also, legalizing prostitution would eliminate human trafficking since the very small percentage of women who are forced into prostitution would be able to go to the police for help. It would also eliminate the need for dangerous pimps.

    What about STDs? Actually you are far more likely to get an STD with a regular girl since people tend to use condoms less with regular women. With prostitutes, condoms are a necessity and therefore the risk of STDs is zero. The whole STD scare has been blown way out of proportion in order to make people afraid of sex.

    Studies also prove that when prostitution is legal, the number of rapes dwindles to practically zero. By keeping prostitution illegal, we are actually causing more women to be raped.

    But the core issue is that we have NO RIGHT to tell two consenting adults that they cannot trade sex for money. It’s time to legalize prostitution!


  78. Yoda says:

    Purge they must,

    The movement to purge all offensive speech from American college campuses has claimed another scalp. Andrea Quenette, an assistant communications professor, was chased out of her own classroom—not because she was a bad teacher, but because her students said she wasn’t agreeing with them quickly enough.
    For months, Quenette has been under investigation by the University of Kansas. She is on academic leave. Her students’ refusal to return to class left her no other choice but to take the semester off.

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which stood up for Quenette’s free-speech rights back in November when she was first accused of racial discrimination, is sick of waiting for KU to clear her of wrongdoing.

    “The longer Quenette has to wait for what should be a fundamental affirmation of her rights as a professor, the more deeply speech will be chilled at KU,” FIRE Associate Director Peter Bonilla wrote in an email to The Daily Beast.

    You would think that Quenette must have perpetrated an egregious act of harassment or obvious discrimination to provoke her students to publish an open letter demanding her immediate termination. The letter, written by five of Quenette’s students—some, but not all of them, black—alleges that Quenette violated the university’s policies prohibiting racial discrimination. Images of the professor disparaging minority students, or giving them lower grades, come to mind.

    But Quenette did nothing of the sort. What she did was make the mistake of using the n-word—during a discussion in which she was admitting her own shortcomings about race. She didn’t use the word maliciously: She was, quite literally, checking her privilege. Isn’t that exactly what far-left students want from their classmates, administrators, and professors?
    Not unless one checks one’s privilege using carefully planned-out, politically correct language, it seems. Here was Quenette’s micro-aggressive remark—which she made during a discussion about how to talk about racial issues on campus—according to the students:
    We students in the class began discussing possible ways to bring these issues up in our classes when COMS 930 instructor Dr. Andrea Quenette abruptly interjected with deeply disturbing remarks. Those remarks began with her admitted lack of knowledge of how to talk about racism with her students because she is white. “As a white woman I just never have seen the racism… It’s not like I see ‘Nigger’ spray-painted on walls…” she said.

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  79. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I have to wonder how much money it is going to cost institutions of higher learning caving in to the SJWs? How many will be in business in ten years?

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  80. Spawny Get says:

    What’s plan B for an academically black balled assistant communications professor?
    God Emporer of the Universe?
    Assistant hod carrier’s mate?
    Mobile beverage manager (pushing a tea trolley around)?

    Bet she learned her lesson. And taught her gutless colleagues a great lesson too.

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  81. Yoda says:

    Important issue this is,

    Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research

    Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing


    Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

    Yes, I too was sure this was a parody, but in fact the lead author is the associate dean at the University of Oregon. Do they really sit around and say, “Gee—the gender of that glacier is uncertain to me. It might be a trans-glacier, perhaps reversing course in the next cycle. I’ll have to cross-reference it with my post-colonial epistemology thesaurus.”

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  82. Spawny Get says:

    If it is melting down, it’s a femeroid glacier.

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  83. Yoda says:

    Silly fella this is,

    To the women in my engineering classes:

    While it is my intention in every other interaction I share with you to treat you as my peer, let me deviate from that to say that you and I are in fact unequal.
    Sure, we are in the same school program, and you are quite possibly getting the same GPA as I, but does that make us equal?

    I did not, for example, grow up in a world that discouraged me from focusing on hard science.

    Nor did I live in a society that told me not to get dirty, or said I was bossy for exhibiting leadership skills.

    In grade school I never had to fear being rejected by my peers because of my interests.

    I was not bombarded by images and slogans telling me that my true worth was in how I look, and that I should abstain from certain activities because I might be thought too masculine.

    I was not overlooked by teachers who assumed that the reason I did not understand a tough math or science concept was, after all, because of my gender.

    I have had no difficulty whatsoever with a boys club mentality, and I will not face added scrutiny or remarks of my being the “diversity hire.”

    When I experience success the assumption of others will be that I earned it.

    So, you and I cannot be equal. You have already conquered far more to be in this field than I will ever face.


  84. Yoda says:

    So why women dig STEM not?


  85. Yoda says:

    Without supposed humor, works better it does,

    Almost want to see it one might

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  86. Spawny Get says:

    From the comments on Yoda’s clip
    “So this movie could be good if the main cast would just STFU”

    Fair point. I think that ‘good’ is pushing it. And I prefer ‘talkies’ to silent movies, although this movie could be a reason to reconsider that.

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  87. Spawny Get says:

    “I might be thought too masculine”
    Unless you look like Arnie in real life…don’t worry ’bout it. ‘Ghey’ would be what you have to consider.


  88. Yoda says:

    Among the “Wild Kratts” supporting cast, there are two highly competent and knowledgeable females (Aviva, “a cool, fashionable, twenty-something who is well on her way to becoming the most accomplished inventor this planet has ever known!” and Koki, “an accomplished computer whiz with a sharp tongue and an even sharper wit”) paired with one hapless male, Jimmy, who is “insecure, hesitant, and unsure—that is until he gets a video game console in his hands!” Jimmy also, somewhat suspiciously, bears more than a passing resemblance to Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo.”

    Just to hammer the “girls rule” message home, at one point during “Wild Kratts Live,” apropos of absolutely nothing, a crazed cartoon Aviva suddenly shouted to the crowd: “GIRLS ARE GREAT AT SCIENCE!” There was a moment of puzzled silence from the audience; then, of course, a smattering of obligatory clapping. Finally, after this awkward spurt of well-intentioned propaganda, the show mercifully moved on.


  89. Yoda says:

    Most large organisations — certainly universities — now have Diversity Officers, Diversity Consultants and Women’s Officers. Many of these Officers and Consultants and the like have academic backgrounds in gender or women’s studies… Perhaps this is why diversity bosses have chosen to focus on the four areas in STEM [out of eight] where men still make up the majority, rather than education, where men make up less than 25% of undergraduate and post-graduate students. This is a much more alarming statistic, given that only one-in-four British primary schools have a single male teacher, and there are over a million children in the UK growing up without a father. With the possible detrimental effects of not having positive male role-models, this is a much more pressing issue than the concerns of middle-class academic women seeking special privileges in their career.

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  90. Yoda says:

    But the study’s most striking finding is that the proportion of the gap attributable to entirely legitimate factors, like choice of occupation and industry, has risen dramatically over the last generation. Many feminists would conclude that women’s tendency to choose lower-paying industries, and lower paying careers within those industries, is itself the result of sexist cultural norms. Not only has this claim not been substantiated, it’s hard to see how it could be: Women who go to medical school are more likely to become primary care doctors than surgeons, and working class women are more likely to work in office administration than in natural resource extraction. Is this because of subtle cultural sexism, or because women, on average, place a higher premium on flexibility and are more averse to physical risk?

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