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    Women and Technology

    This is a discussion on Women and Technology within the Everyday Life forums, part of the Community channel category; Why is it that so often people assume that it is only men who know anything about things that require ...

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      Women and Technology

      Why is it that so often people assume that it is only men who know anything about things that require a degree in technology?

      I realise that it is often harmless comments and even more often that people do not realise what they are saying, but why do people automatically assume that anyone who knows something about computers or Hi-Fi equipment or a Television is automatically a man?

      Don't women know anything?

      Sure there are many of us who would rather concern ourselves with other issues, such as 'where are the kids?' or 'those trousers look as if they've never been ironed' and leave the testosterone driven men to jump in quickly to fix it all. After all it does you men folk some good to feel as if you have achieved something.

      The Equal Opportunities Commission had a campaign no so long ago with various posters. A winning catch-phrase used was "Prepare your daughter for working life - give her less pocket money than your son." It struck a nerve with a lot of people at the time.

      Today we are starting to see a lot of people being pressured into a stereotyped lifestyle as a bad thing.

      Yesterday David Cameron got picked up on saying "Calm down dear" to a female MP. This appears to actually be a common turn of phrase within Parliament. Even so, he's being picked on for passing the comment by a raft of people.

      As a woman people often refer to me as 'dear'. I don't think men get this from anyone other than a parent or partner.

      Us women are around. We do all sorts of things.

      A friend I have is a highly trained mechanic. Whenever she takes her car to be fixed, which is rare as she does most of it herself, or when she looks to purchase a new car, the mechanics and salesmen treat her as though she knows nothing about cars. If only they knew how stupid it made them look.

      Perhaps the men should be scared? Women can scare men after all. Seriously! Women can scare men! Have you ever heard of Mary Shelley? She wrote some really scary books.
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      Re: Women and Technology

      My very short and simple answer to the poll question ....................... YES

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      Re: Women and Technology

      Well Said Scubbie
      you go girl us women can do stuff them blokes can do plus can have babies as well !!

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      Re: Women and Technology

      Well said. Although to be honest, I hadn't considered whether you were male or female. Your avatar just shows a person with long hair and sunglasses ... so that could be a woman, or a "rock" dude with long hair. It's not in enough detail to pick out male or female facial qualities.

      (apologies if I'm digging a hole!)

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post

      A friend I have is a highly trained mechanic. Whenever she takes her car to be fixed, which is rare as she does most of it herself, or when she looks to purchase a new car, the mechanics and salesmen treat her as though she knows nothing about cars. If only they knew how stupid it made them look.
      She should play the "dumb blonde" and see how much they try to fleece her, and then kick up a stink.

      I have a female friend who is a highly trained electrician. She frequently shows the men up!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Pengwern View Post
      Well said. Although to be honest, I hadn't considered whether you were male or female. Your avatar just shows a person with long hair and sunglasses ... so that could be a woman, or a "rock" dude with long hair. It's not in enough detail to pick out male or female facial qualities.
      I know the photo doesn't particularly show everything, I didn't want to bring certain connotations to this forum. I may change it at a later date, but it won't be too revealing (sorry guys! ).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Pengwern View Post
      She should play the "dumb blonde" and see how much they try to fleece her, and then kick up a stink.

      I have a female friend who is a highly trained electrician. She frequently shows the men up!
      She does play the 'dumb blonde' once they get started and making things up.

      I've also relished taking the mickey out of German 3-Star SCUBA Diving Instructors in the past - they really ought to learn their subject better than the average British Instructor when it comes to diving.

      I always has amazed me at how many people still consider that women know nothing about anything technical. At the same time though, many women do like to leave technical stuff to the men for many reasons, one being that they don't want to fight all the time.

      Admittedly my knowledge isn't as current as it used to be, due to personal circumstances and changes in occupation, but I also have plenty of other skills.

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      Re: Women and Technology

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Women can scare men after all. Seriously! Women can scare men!
      Only if it starts to rain and the make·up come off.

      Btw I voted yes. Women are GoOoD.

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      Re: Women and Technology

      Quote Originally Posted by Exdee View Post
      Only if it starts to rain and the make·up come off.

      Btw I voted yes. Women are GoOoD.
      lol - hmmm.....

      I thought that you might have voted 'Yes, as long as my dinner is cooked & the ironing is done'.

      I did toy with the idea of not allowing the vote to be anonymous, but too many would never have voted if they had their user names showing beside their vote.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I did toy with the idea of not allowing the vote to be anonymous, but too many would never have voted if they had their user names showing beside their vote.
      I am sure a PM to the one of the admins can take care of this when the voting closes.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Exdee View Post
      I am sure a PM to the one of the admins can take care of this when the voting closes.
      Some say that I have an evil streak inside me, but I'm not that evil, am I?

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      Re: Women and Technology

      And a massive yes from me as well Scubbie lol

     

     
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