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@stuffisthings

Martha's dogs have their own garden shed. It's where they hide when they think she might bite them in the face.

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm 4

By sashay on Interview with Susan Murphy, Genius Grant-Winning Statistician

@stuffisthings Those are some interesting ideas!

The irony is, I think the credentialism works in both ways. As you said, there's an advantage of going into a field where once you have the MD or the CPA or the JD, no one can take that away from you. On the other hand, when a field is so new that there aren't established credentials for it, it can actually be *more* open, because deciding who can be awarded those credentials is a really effective way to shut people out.

I think that's part of the women in computing story--for the most part, women weren't even being admitted to grad school in mathematics, robbing them of a chance to get a PhD.
In contrast, Computer Science basically didn't exist as a separate academic field 'til the 1970s. Necessarily, then, in the early days, being a success in computing had to be about proving your chops by solving big problems, not about your academic pedigree.

I also think there's something to be said for the idea that newer fields are *always* more open to women. In the case of computing, the smart math white men already had plenty of opportunities to do interesting work, but the smart math white women did not. Because the men weren't as interested in the field, there were fewer barriers to entry. No one cared enough to bother stopping the women.
I also think wealthy white women had an advantage over men and women of color, in that it's always been socially acceptable for white women of a certain class to pursue intellectual hobbies. While computing was considered merely an intellectual hobby, they were free to pursue it at will. It's a complicated story.

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 11:04 am 2

By Rock and Roll Ken Doll on On the Brain-Dead Texas Woman Being Kept Alive to Gestate a Fetus

@stuffisthings
This is my favorite joke of yours since Guantanamo Pumpkin Spice.

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:24 am 1

By themegnapkin on The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

@stuffisthings I was about to write this. Knowing I can defend myself would make me feel empowered and strong; not wearing short skirts or not drinking alcohol for fear of rape would just make me feel shitty, even if doing so were effective in preventing rape. Which, I'm pretty sure they're not.

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm 3

By Jennifer Hargis@facebook on The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

I would also like to say that there is a difference between "shouldn't have to" and "shouldn't".

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm 7

By deepomega on The Pickup Artists of PUAHate

@stuffisthings A BOMB.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm 1

By I'm Right on Top of that, Rose on The Pickup Artists of PUAHate

@fabel God, liking yourself? That's so beta. Bulk up, fabel.

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm 15

By mollpants on The Pickup Artists of PUAHate

@jia @stuffisthings With these beta eyesssssss
One look at you and I can't disguise
I've got beta eyesssss
I feel the magic between you and I

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm 12

By TheLetterL on Girl, You Must Be...

"Boy, you must be a robot because you are a person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others."

"Boy, you must be a fiasco because you are a complete failure."

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm 3

By leonstj on Girl, You Must Be...

"Boy, you must be a roadblock because you are something, such as a situation or condition, that prevents further progress toward an accomplishment."

Shit is harsh, son. Now I'm sad.

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm 3