First off “Welcome Guys and girls” Notice the common introductory phrase? Well maybe it’s a bit old fashioned now, but let’s look at it. Guys-ie:-men or boys striving to be men. Girls- girls or women behaving in a frivolous manner.
I bang my head against a brick wall with this issue.
My best idea is “Hospital Rescue” A MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online game.
In this game we start as a cleaner, then we can career progress, receptionist, nurse, psychiatrist, Doctor, Surgeon, Paramedic.
In this game we need to follow puzzling symptoms to arrive at suitable treatment for the patient. In this game we get to use the “Paddles” to restart people’s hearts! In this game their is a field around the hospital which prevents guns from working, this field is also available to surround the ambulances. In this game we can franchise, we can go into Call of duty and start rescuing people! indeed and shooting game, we can hijack, Hospital Rescue can come along.
In this game their is equal range to play as a female or male character, with possibilities to cross dress.
Moreover I don’t think that sexism is a one way street.
When said “Walk a mile in my shoes”, so a man puts on a pair of women’s shoes and then women ridicule him.
If we don’t allow men to walk a mile in our shoes, that man will not know how we feel.
Ok, so what has letting men/boys crossdress got to do with getting girls into STEM?
Ok, there is only one solution, a national cross dressing day.
If men get some idea of how women feel, then men are likely to be more sympathetic. If society is forced to accept a gender spectrum as opposed to a gender binary then society will come round to accepting girls as being more than just sex objects, which is what this is all about, our current society promotes being female as being a sex object. (When we say sex object, this may not initially or immediately mean an object to have sex with, but rather than any sexual concept can only be linked to having sex with that particular object, the object being the woman’s body, which in truth the woman should and needs to have control over).
Women are every bit as sexist as men, they separate the sexes, categorise and treat them differently.
In 1982 My Mum came downstairs wearing trousers. They were ugly brown nylon (I’m actually guessing the material), my Mum was somewhat overweight, she hadn’t worn trousers before, it was pretty clear that I was supposed to behave positively, as she sat on the sofa, her ugly brown trousers, stretched tight over her bulging crotch and tummy, I wanted to wear Pink pedal pushers (Trousers that are quite short, a little shorter than ankle grazers perhaps).
It was pretty clear that I had to show respect my mum’s choice, but that my choice would be considered a joke.
Back then, feminism was not wholly about equality.