Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sexism lives!

Ahh yes. My neighbor, who has a PhD in a field related to mine but doesn't do research anymore (who does?), just came over asking to borrow my boyfriend. She does this a lot, and usually while we're eating dinner.

This time, her car battery died and between she and three female friends, they couldn't be certain how to jumpstart the car. This woman, you must understand, owns multiple cars, which I think is strange but usually the mark of someone who likes cars and knows something about them. Not this one.

She said, and I quote, "Is your boyfriend here? This is something a guy would know how to do."

What she should have said was, "Gee MsPhD, do you know how to jumpstart a car?"

As my boyfriend pointed out, she could have gone to Google and typed in "How to Jumpstart A Car" and hit "I'm feeling lucky." But she wasn't smart enough to figure that out.

(See earlier post on what's required to earn a PhD, and how we give out way too many of these in this country to people who don't deserve them.)

Snide aside: Poor thing. If she only had a boyfriend, she wouldn't have these problems!

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At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

says the female scientist who gets help from her male boyfriend on computer related issues....

/snide comment

At 10:33 AM, Blogger BotanicalGirl said...

There's a difference between knowing someone has a strength that you lack (ie: my fiance is a Network Admin, of course he knows more about computers than me, though I'm no slouch) and automatically assuming that Ms.PhD can't do something because 'it's a guy thing'.

I am horrible with car issues. But I would have googled it if I was at home.

The biggest issue here is that she has no idea that she's promoting sexism.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

think Ms.PhD and others are taking this sexism way too personal.. this is a good example of it, I'll admit.. but really, sometimes it seems like you are looking to be offended.

look at it this way, would you really want to be bothered fixing stupid neighbor's car anyway? Let the boyfriend do it.. even if you did know... ;-P

sometimes feigning ignorance gets me out of doing other stupid people's work..

oh well, carry on... as mentioned in Futurama: Down with the maleocentric manocracy!



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