Response to Computer Girl

The articles started with statistics about wages, which misdirects the readers to the assumption this articles is about the money aspect of its subject, woman’s job. As we follow the path, we will see some really negative ideas coming out from the text. This paper actually encourages the idea of sexism where female was treated unfairly compare to male.  What funny is the misconception the articles trying to create where the difficult jobs such as “telling the miracle machines what to do and how to do it” are too hard for women that “it doesn’t sound like woman’s work”. Why would you have an idea that being a computer scientist is not an appropriate job for woman? It is certainly not that exhausting compare to being a factory worker or even bank clerk or nurses or teachers, which women were usually associated with. It, however, requires some systematic thinking and that may be what the society thought woman is lacking.

The articles, though not clearly shown the encouragement, tells us about the extreme sexism happened during that age.  There is an association where boys are reprimanded if their arithmetic grade is bad while girls are not. It is emphasized that “as long as she can figure out the bank balance and tote up the grocery bill, she’ll be all right” which is a disdain to women because by saying so, the society has already tied women to being a housewife, only knowing how to take care of the family’s money and buying grocery for meal. Another similar story is most of the sexists would address the unfairness where boys can’t wear dresses while girls can wear trousers. This association and its impact on our behaviors indicate the direction of power. The minoritized group can emulate the dominant group because in doing so they are emulating the higher status group and thus gain status; but the dominant group does not emulate the minoritized group because they are emulating the lower status group and thus lose status. This is why women wear pants as well as dresses but men do not wear dresses as well as pants (there has been a small resurgence of kilts for men in alternative subculture, but these kilt are acceptable because they are masculinized by their association with ancestry and battle). Men who order cosmopolitans or other “fruity” drinks risk ridicule (because fruit is gendered female). This is an illustration of how powerful gender roles, unequal power, and marketing are in shaping our everyday “choices”, from the clothes you wear to the job you do.

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