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Friday, May 10, 2013

Engineering and quilting,surgery and quilting -my opinions and yet another spacefem quote-job stereotypes

I am a female surgeon and my twitter friend @spacefem is an
engineer.Both of us are also enthusiastic sewers.....
(when I say SEWERS, I mean, SEWING sewers,
not sewage sewers..had to clarify,and kinda try and make everyone laugh)

Sometimes,in a world where STEREOTYPING is a big
problem especially when it comes to job descriptions,where it is a
common myth that all of us can only do just one job PERFECTLY and due to
the fact that we can do a particular job perfectly,we then are meant
to be incapable of doing other jobs which are SEEMINGLY on the
opposite pole of the skills spectrum...
A physician(like me) or an engineer(like @spacefem)
are considered BRAINY "science job" people and somehow given that we
are the SMARTIEPANTS,we are often expected to be LESS ARTSY or more
clumsy at social interaction and such...often directly attributed to
the fact that we are so good at science.
I have to clarfiy to one and all here that I have NEVER
BEEN SOCIALLY CLUMSY..AND i AM VERY ARTSY AND VERY CREATIVE..and I am
also a surgeon and all three are just fine to occur in a single human
being..REALLY..it occurs very often..More often than social
stereotyping allows to believe!
So,yeah...infact..art is science, and science is art
and really...there is no distinction at all.
HAVING SAID MY MORE THAN TWO CENTS..,I am also now gonna
quote, what prompted this QUICK BLOG ENTRY>>>>>A blog entry by
@spacefem,where she talks about how NASA astronaut profiles often
MINCE words sending subliminal messages about what is expected of a
certain job or gender or some such...

Here are her words
SPACEFEM QUOTE
The sewing I'd done since I was 10 years old should have helped lend
me CREDIT in my own mind, to beat the impostor syndrome. My good
friend mrs_dragon, a fellow engineer who sews, was the one who finally
pointed out to me how you can't love quilting if you hate math. We are
assembling puzzles, solving problems, negotiating materials.
Engineering requires gobs of creativity, wrapped around practical
applications... who's got more of that than a girl who sews?
SPACEFEM UNQUOTE

You can go here to read SPACEFEM's complete blog entry
http://spacefem.livejournal.com/756102.html

You can also go here to read the NASA PROFILE that prompted HER to
write her blog entry
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition36/nyberg_profile.html


Tags:gender_stereotyping,gender_conditioning,engineers_and_sewing,surgeons_and_sewing,Science_and_art,brain_activity

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