lexi (nothing2hide) wrote,

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Gender Bender

Lately I've been considering the idea of gender. On a daily basis, I encounter the consequences of being a female in a male dominated field. It's interesting being a minority. It wasn’t until recently I realized that the males around me treat me as if I have something to prove to them. Being one of three girls in a class of thirty doesn’t bother me. It is the fact that some of the guys are condescending assholes (I didn’t want to say it but I had to). Everything has to come down to a competition between the sexes. I guess the real problem is that somehow they make me feel lesser and thus I always feel inadequate in comparison. With statistics like this I guess it is no wonder why…

At the University of Iowa, there is a 1:6 female to male ratio in the College of Engineering.

Only 8.5 percent of employed engineers and 16.4 percent of working scientists in the U.S. are women.

The fact of the matter is that it isn’t just the males that are judging you and your abilities. Other females are even worse. I myself will look at certain girls that are wandering around the building and think that there is no way she is an engineering student. My two friends (girls) and I were told that there were other girls saying there was no way we were going to make it as engineers because we are friends with all the guys and aren’t smart enough or something.

Not only do we have something to prove, but also awkward classroom situations to contend with. I could handle my male peers looking down on me. But, matters worsen when you become the lone female in the class and are forced to listen to sexist jokes and try to resist the urge to get upset about it and instead try to laugh it off even though it is completely uncalled for.

: She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
Shes gonna make it in her daddy's world
Shes an American girl:

By the way, this could be better... I just got tired
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