Death before linkspam (3rd April, 2011)

You can suggest links for future linkspams in comments here, or by using the geekfeminism tag on delicious or the #geekfeminism tag on Twitter. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).

Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

7 thoughts on “Death before linkspam (3rd April, 2011)

  1. Tony Mechelynck

    How can that guy (the author of the last-mentioned post) never even imagine that jobs which become majoritarily female see their salary level drop? «Neurosurgeons are men, family doctors are women.» Puh-lease! Even I knew a time when all doctors, even family doctors and pediatricians, were men — at that time, women in health care weren’t doctors, they were nurses! And, what do you think? Compared to the average population, family doctors were much more well-to-do then than they are now.

    1. Mary

      The last link is by a woman, Penelope Trunk. (In case this is a second language error: you can in some circumstances use “guys” to refer to a mixed-gender group in English or even sometimes an all-women group, but “guy” singular will be taken to refer to a man.)

      On the subject of your comment: yes, it does seem very odd to me to treat this like a static ahistoric fact rather than a process.

      1. Tony Mechelynck

        Oops, sorry, me too I didn’t check all my facts: I read the article but skipped the byline and photo, did not notice that the author was a woman, and committed the fallacy of not imagining that anyone but a sexist, well, man could say that “the reason women are underpaid is that they steer away from well-paid jobs” (or words to that effect). My bad.

      2. Tony Mechelynck

        P.S. On rereading the article, I now think that Al Lee (quoted in the first paragraph) was the sexist man in question, who meant what he said; about Penelope Trunk, I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt: does she believe that it’s the fault of women if they’re underpaid, or was she writing it all as a kind of tongue-in-cheek humor? I don’t know anymore.

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