People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.
This is pretty good
this is bs, just look at these gifs
"who’s my pretty girl!"
are they seriously implying that giving your female child positive reinforcement on their looks makes them crippled intellectually or stunts their drive to succeed?
going by that logic any girl who likes looking pretty, wearing dresses, makeup, and takes pride in her appearance is bubble-headed or incapable of being driven?
way to stereotype there huffington post
feminism: we care about women just as long as they’re the right woman
"sweetie don’t get your dress dirty"
how does this even damage girls?
I love how there’s no context whatsoever. this could mean a number of things. they might be going to church, the supermarket, her grandma’s, or anywhere special afterward so mom tells the kid to keep her dress clean before they go or maybe mom doesn’t want to work too hard doing laundry or maybe mom spent a lot of money on that dress and doesn’t want it to get ruined so soon
how does anyone look at that situation and think “this is going to ruin her chances at becoming a physicist one day!”
"don’t mess with that put it down"
girls are the only ones with neurotic parents I guess? this one makes no sense and of course there’s no son to compare parental reaction because that would expose how ridiculous this is. the parent is obviously suspicious of that sea creature that’s why he/she asks the girl to put it down. because the parent is either overprotective or neurotic,like some parents arenot because he/she thinks “ew gurls don’t like gross boy interests! put it down!” this same reaction would go to a boy with high strung parents as well
besides wouldn’t being told to ignore something interesting only fuel a child’s interest, not diminish it?
"ooh a starfish! OOPS mom told me to put it down, fascination eliminated"
I think huffington post is really selling girls short here
"this project has gotten out of control"
look if a parent is annoyed by the lengths their child is putting into a project (ie keeping them or the child up all night, making too much noise, that they might harm themselves) the parents are going to (and should) make their concerns known — this is not exclusive to girls
once again notice they don’t show the parent/son version of this because of course it would show how dumb this is
"why don’t you let your brother do that?"
once again, there’s no context here
maybe the son is just better at using a drill, maybe the daughter has been known to be clumsy and hurt herself with dangerous equipment
and of course this is the only time they introduce a boy into the equation “LOOK A BOY TAKING A JOB AWAY FROM A GIRL! DA SEXISM!”
almost like this is meant to manipulate hmm
7th and 8th gif
this pisses me off
once again this implies “a girl who likes makeup instead of science?? she’s on a slow boat to dumbassville!”
again assuming that if you’re a girl who likes pink, lipgloss, dresses, and talking about boys you aren’t worth shit and will contribute nothing useful to society
i’m surprised there wasn’t a gif of the same girl dyeing her hair blonde, wearing a mini skirt and heels, gyrating to katy perry with the caption “the only man’s lap your daughter should sit on is neil degrasse tyson’s to discuss the constellations”
as much as the huffington post likes to pat themselves on the back for being so progressive they’re really upholding a negative stereotype of women and making it seem ok to pressure daughters into being interested in things they’re simply not interested in (see the article) for the sole purpose of “making women look good”
so women can’t like lipgloss and science? we can’t be girly and want an intellectually demanding career? we can’t be feminine and smart?according to this women/girls can only be one or the other.
that is sexism
why aren’t more women interested in science and math? maybe because women make different choices than men? and maybe there’s nothing fucking wrong with that
TIL from Huff Post: Femininity = stupidity.
Thanks Huff Post, for reminding me no one hates women more than feminism.