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Social construction of gender (or part of gender) - ie, why girls like pink

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This is a non techinincal, non science article that just points out how pervasive our culture is in keeping the "girls don't like science and math" ideas alive. here

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci20:46, 6 March 2012

Heh, I like the "just look it up in the back of the book part." Useful study habits for sciencin'!

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)16:51, 8 March 2012

least you get teh answers right! those dumb girls try to work it out and all, and get it wrong!

I would never do this to a child, but i would love to see what would happen if you took 10ish newborns, had a robot interact with them, and let 5 gender male, 5 gender female grow up together without outside influence.

THEN we'll see who is "so much more emotive" "Better at language skills and the other is clearly better at logic, math and science". "More aggressive", etc. Just to see.

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci17:03, 8 March 2012

(Insert SMBC here)

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)17:06, 8 March 2012

"It's not social construction!!!!" "It's the way we are made. Genetics!!!" SO THERE!!!!!

I want to give my kid a real chemistry set, like they had in the 40' and 50s before the era of "safe" toys. Let them blow up whatever they can. boys and girls!!! :-)

I had two "toys" i loved. my barbies (don't know why so don't ask) and my dissection kit. I got that at like 8, and it was very dull, but it had pins and hooks along with the "scalpel" -- i cut up dead frogs, insects, stuffed animals.  ;-)

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci17:20, 8 March 2012

Maybe you can still get one.

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)17:36, 8 March 2012

Excellent! my brother had one of the last "good" chemistry sets, though even by the early 70's they were not nearly as fun as 50s sets. He had erector sets, too. (don't know if that's the brand name or the type, but metal peices you built into "stuff".) I loved taking everything he made apart. I was evil that way.

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci18:21, 8 March 2012

Chemistry set? Bah! If my (hypothetical) child can't inject a sample into a GC-MS by the time they're 8, they have failed me.

Scarlet A.pngpathetic18:16, 8 March 2012

O___O...Sounds oddly like my mother.

Dumpling (talk)18:58, 8 March 2012

..............My barbies were most definitely part of my dissection kit. Actually, I think my barbie dolls are what fueled my pyromaniac tendencies when I was little.

Dumpling (talk)18:58, 8 March 2012

LOL. excellent!

my barbies did not get disected. I just dressed them, undressed them. dressed them. WHY???? I've never liked fashion or clothes.

but they did get beheaded by an evil tormenter of a brother.

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci19:35, 8 March 2012

Hahahaha. My brother would join in. I think once we got a lot of barbie head, lit their hairs on fire, and watched it turn into a weird...hair..plastic ball thing. Ahh...Childhood.

Dumpling (talk)19:43, 8 March 2012

At least they were just Barbies. Remember all the a-holes who would burn ants with magnifying glasses?

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)19:52, 8 March 2012

Why that also describes my brother. He pulled teh leggs of spiders, one at a time, too. all in the name of science, accourding to "studies" in the 80s about why boys were so destructive but also "better" at science. They pulled the legs off bugs not cause they were evil, but they wanted to learn how the world worked.

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci20:05, 8 March 2012

I stopped other kids killing ants so I could study them—touching the experiment ruins it.

Peter Monomorium antarcticum20:10, 8 March 2012
___; I wasn't any better. I poured gasoline once on an ant pile...and lit it on fire. It was like popcorn. Exploding ants and larvae everywhere.
Dumpling (talk)20:10, 8 March 2012

In response to your title, pink is such a manly colour. I'd find a better link but, well, it will do for now. I particularly like FDR in a dress.

Jack Hughes (talk)17:47, 8 March 2012

Nonsense, it was berries in forests. Everyone knows that!

Nebuchadnezzar (talk)17:52, 8 March 2012

does it occur to those authors that most edible berries are red, black or blue?

Pink mowse.pngGodotoi, putain, genial, merci18:23, 8 March 2012