What’s a Girl to Do

Why do we associate “doing it like a girl” to mean half heartedly and wimpy? And why does this carry on into the technological world? Women are forever being put down with the belief that they are not as capable as men, not as smart as men, and surely can not program as well as men. My sophomore year of high school I took a programming class. The first semester I was one of six girls, but by second semester I was the only girl in class. Often when I told people I took programming, they cocked their head to the side with a quizzical look on their face and said, “Oh, I wouldn’t that you would be interested in that…” which of course annoyed my inner feminist to no end. Like Sailor Mercury mentions, if women express as female, most have a difficult time picturing them in a male dominant sphere such as programming or gaming. Women are often put down in these spheres because in society most do have this stereotype that women are not as capable as men.

I found interesting that Sailor Mercury expressed that she often got gendered feedback when leading a discussion or giving a presentation. This may have to do with the Davidson bubble, but I did not find for this to be true in any of the presentations that I have given or seen. Although, I could definitely see this occurring in the professional world. It’s appalling that women must change the way they speak or dress to appease their audiences. I am often told to not dress flashy when giving a presentation or going into an interview because people may become distracted by my clothes. Women should be evaluated by what comes from their minds instead of what clothes they are wearing. Society tries to tell women that they can be anything they want to be, well…within certain parameters. Don’t dress too flashy, but wear makeup because you’ll look better, but not too much because then it will be distracting. It’s tiring. This is especially prevalent in spaces that are male centered like programming or gaming.

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