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Female Vloggers and Sexism

Emily Graslie, host of “The Brain Scoop,” talks about some of the sexist mail she receives. I thought this video was really well done, especially since she discusses some more personal notes about how sexist comments aimed specifically at women drive women away from making video blogs.

Here are some candid quotes from her video, but the whole video is excellent.

“While there are at least 13 STEM channels hosted by men with more than 400,000 subscribers, and 7 of those 13 which have topped 1 million, there are only 4 channels hosted by women that have more than 160,000. None of us have more than 1 million.”

“What is preventing women from reaching the same number of people? I feel like in general women don’t have enough time to do these things because of the pressure that every episode has to be flawless in execution. This could be a deterrent for both men and women, but I feel like women are going to give up more easily because of comments like this, ‘I’d still totally do her.’”

“We have a fear of the feedback from our subscribers and commenters because we’re afraid that our audience is more focused on our appearance than the quality of our content.”

“There’s a fear of the awkwardness that comes with being onscreen with anybody else because some assume that there must be some sort of personal relationship happening which makes work with that person later on awkward…That brings on self criticism like I’m not funny or intelligent or engaging enough on my own.”

“There’s a pressure to be the whole package. Not only do you have to be intelligent and articulate, but you also have to be attractive.”

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Still on Break

I must say it’s a little disappointing that it has been nearly a month since I’ve written anything. I’ve taken a brief break from the Internet due to life’s distractions. Aside from my not writing, I’ve also missed out on reading far too many of my favorite bloggers and followers.

In the next few weeks I will be preparing to write again, and reading more of your wonderful thoughts and blogs in the mean time.

Be back soon!



This is Engineering

A humorous video created by some engineers. Who says engineers aren’t funny?

Twenty-three years ago today 14 women — 13 students and a staff member — were murdered on the campus of the École Polytechnique in Montreal. Their killer, Marc Lepine, targeted female students in an engineering class and claimed to be “fighting feminism.”

The fourteen who died were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznick-Widajewicz.

The 20th anniversary of the killings drew a lot of attention in the Canadian media and blogosphere, and I collected a number of links then:

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