What I have been thinking about:
- I've possibly become sexist against guys.
There's like TED talks about it (that I don't think I've watched...) and in D-Lab education the topic itself has come up. The lady founder of the Kasiisi program mentioned briefly how it's actually very difficult to get grants to work with boys. The basic summary was
- Girls start dropping out when they are old enough to get pregnant. Attendance-wise, one easy fix that actually seems to work is providing menstrual stuff.
- ~ (JPAL, which does actual rigorous testing, says otherwise, at least for girls in Nepal)
- Guys start dropping out when they are old enough to contribute to household income (tending the livestock)
- ~ The fix for this is creating income-earning opportunities, not an easy fix
Of course, the other half of the time I'm sulking because I'm like, wtf, these kids living next to northeastern universities are so lucky. One of the reasons why I haven't really volunteered with HSSP (high school studies program) or Edgerton Center is because I'm envious of these kids. Again, brain, weird, illogical.
Also, going back to elementary school, although I honestly don't remember much of it, is bittersweet and kind of strange. Now that I've actually met these kids face-to-face it's hard to back out on them, though. Uweh, what did I get myself into?
Resource links (our partners are learning about the water cycle)
and the Yunus challenge this year is education:
One of the MIT Media Lab fellows is an "open education advocate" (and there's a "maker movement advocate" too!)
Also, did you know there is a hands-on online learning task force at MIT? Haha.
The hands-on-online-learning-task-force at MIT (MIT certs required), an incredible linkdump.
|MIT Women's and Gender Studies handed these stickers out last year. It's my laptop decoration ^__^|
- constantly having a slighty sore heart from all the news (linked is amherst, the latest flurry from the oscars/seth mcfarlane, Quvenzhané Wallis, bingo from australian-diaspora).
- wondering if it hurts my chances of being hired if I ask how many female engineers there are in a company (rather interesting to hear this speaker from etsy say that it's probably a good sign if the company is actively trying to address this issue: http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/02/07/how-etsy-grew-their-number-of-female-engineers-by-500-in-one-year/)
- constantly trying to figure out how to ensure i'm serving as a good example as a technically competent female (am I being assertive enough? asking for enough salary? am I actually competent?)
- ~ 4th grade science: you learn there's no real room for modesty. The answer to "Do you go to MIT?" is not "Erhm maybe yes, you probably know more than me though!" but rather "F* yea I go to MIT and am in love with engineering." srsly. That last part has gotten buried under gunk lately.
Uhm. A longer post to come.
Actually nah I probably won't get around to it, so basically, what's been sucking up my spare time over the summer (well, half of it) and I've been trying to move away from (because clearly to be successful I need to spend all my spare time reading about robots, not feminism... or something...).
linkdump (wherein, if you read nothing else, read the first two links)
estimated time to read through this: a weekend.
I’m not slithering around on the floor and hissing with my forked tongue when I say that the situations described in these two letters are pretty good examples of what Rape Culture is and why it is so insidious.http://yesmeansyesblog.
Step 1: A creepy dude does creepy, entitled shit and makes women feel unsafe.
Step 2: The women speak up about it to their partners.
Step 3: It gets written off as “not a big deal” or “he probably didn’t mean it” or “he’s not a bad guy, really.”
Reporting and conviction rates for acquaintance rapes are so low as to be useless as a diagnostic tool. And how else can we know? The rapists won’t just tell us that they are rapists, right? That’s what I would have thought. Turns out I thought wrong.schrodinger's rapist
These 76 men, just 4% of the sample, were responsible for 28% of the reported violence. The whole sample of almost 1900 men reported just under 4000 violent acts, but this 4% of recidivist rapists results in over 1000 of those violent acts.
Do you think I’m overreacting? One in every six American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. I bet you don’t think you know any rapists, but consider the sheer number of rapes that must occur.http://freethoughtblogs.com/
why is it up to the disadvantaged to "fix things" (not get raped,...
... learn to be more assertive) anyway
And I think it’s this: teaching women to be more assertive and agressive in speaking up and asking for stuff is all well and good, and it will certainly help women be more successful in a man’s world – but it’s yet another example of how women must adapt to men to get ahead. Why is it never the other way around?college
and how confusing it can be to figure out what is the "right thing to do" (my conclusion: go forth and get something done, then worry about learning about how you f*d it up)
and then a brief note
Let me be clear: This post is not "lifestyle businesses." A lifestyle business and a startup are two totally different things. A lifestyle business grows slowly, the founder has total control over it, and it creates a nice life.(hrm, I am mulling over this one).
* many of my friends at MIT have an allergic reaction to the word "startup," which is curious
for myself, female CTOs / startup founders i should follow:
resources at boston/MIT:
- Open source hardware
Anyway, my latest cynical attitude is a sort of wait-and-see on the potential for open source hardware, where really I am affiliating myself with it because the people who associate with OSH tend to be cool people.
CS jobs start out high nowadays but have "salary compression," wherein you start at 100k and might climb to 150k after 5+ years, while more hardware-oriented jobs tend to start lower and end higher.
(not much comfort to me, but whatever)
Hardware startup jobs: there really isn't a search engine for this. There's like... a small listing. http://www.adafruit.com/jobs/
Finding jobs with a laser-cutter: actually turns out to be the large companies, not the small hippie startups.
and the 2d-3d transition:
Uh.... so yea.... that's what's been coming out of my brain lately.