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I don’t want to beat a dead horse to the ground, but I wanted to put in my two cents worth on the recent article, “Nerd Girls take on ‘sexist’ industry” posted here:

http://m.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/nerd-girls-take-on-sexist-industry-20130227-2f5fg.html

For those that know me well, you know that I don’t comment or blog unless it is something that strikes a cord with me or I am passionate about the subject at hand.  What I am about to write, some people may agree with me, some disagree with me and some just think that I am just full of shit. (Pardon my French) But that’s okay…I accept that and I even encourage people to take my view and mull it over…good or bad.

Now, getting back to the main topic at hand, if you were to look back in history, discrimination and stereotyping has been in existence for as long as we can remember.  Whether it is sex, race or religion, it is a reality.  And for women, they have always had an uphill battle with equality.  Even though things have gotten better over time, unfortunately it still exists.

I for one have been a victim of discrimination and stereotyping.  Being a minority woman with a small stature, it always has been an uphill battle for me to gain respect.  But I took that as being a way to grow, improve and challenge myself.  In some ways, all the discrimination and stereotyping has made me who I am today.

Now lets be honest with ourselves, we all have discriminated and stereotyped others at one time or another.  We see it all the time…on TV, in advertising, etc.  Just look at the Super Bowl ads…beer commercials with sexy women, car advertisements with gorgeous girls.  Bottom line, sex sells, subliminal or not.  We are all guilty in stereotyping with such stereotypes as secretaries are just “sexitaries” and don’t have brains, or that football players are not smart, or that all “nerd” girls wear glasses and are unattractive.  As much as we don’t like it, its something we deal with every day.

And what about those women that work in a male dominated career field?  Do they have to work harder and smarter to gain that respect?  Possibly, maybe, yes…I suppose it depends on who you are and whom you are talking to.  Do we, as women have to become brass and wear a chip on our shoulder to prove to ourselves and to others that we belong?

So what do you do with all this and how do you deal with it on an individual level?  My personal belief as well as personal experience, it all boils down to how you perceive yourself.  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you happy with whom you are?
  • Are you happy with what you do?
  • Are you confident in what you do?
  • Do you feel you are making a difference?

If you can answer yes to all these questions, then what does it matter what industry does or says?  Who cares if a woman that works in a male dominant field wears dresses and has a pink iPhone case?  Kudos to her!  To me, this tells me she is comfortable with who she is regardless of what others think or perceive her to be.

Don’t let discrimination, stereotyping and industry protocol mold you into something you are not.  Be proud of who you are (Yes, I AM WOMAN, hear me ROAR)

Worry about things you can change and not on things you cannot.  The Serenity Prayer (as cliché’ as it may be) has some very powerful words to live by:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,


And wisdom to know the difference.”

As much as we would like to change the way industry perceives women in a male dominant field, it’s not going to change for a long time.  Accept it, embrace it and be all who you can be.  If you can, I guarantee, life will be much easier and you will be a lot happier.

So Kudos to all the women out there – Nerd girls, homemakers, doctors, lawyers, secretaries, administrative assistant, teachers, nannies or whatever you do…. You can and do make a difference and that is all that matters.

I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.

The nurse starts with certain basics.

How much do you weigh?’ she asks. I reply 135

The nurse puts me on the scale. It turns out my weight is 180.

The nurse asks, ‘Your height?’ I say 5 foot 8.

The nurse checks and sees that I only measure 5’2″.

She then takes my blood pressure and tells me it is very high.

“Of course it’s high!” I scream, “When I came in here I was tall and slender! Now I’m short and fat!”

She put me on Prozac. What a bitch.

Here are the top health threats for men and women in the USA:

For all of USA (2005)

1.  Heart disease – 26.6%

2. Cancer – 22.8%

3.  Stroke – 5.9%

4.  Chronic lower respiratory diseases – 5.3%

5.  Accidents – 4.8%

6.  Diabetes – 3.1%

7.  Alzheimer’s disease – 2.9%

8.  Influenza and pneumonia – 2.6%

9.  Kidney disease – 1.8%

10. Septicemia (blood infections) – 1.4%

Women (2004)

1.  Heart disease – 27.2%

2. Cancer – 22%

3.  Stroke – 7.5%

4.  Chronic lower respiratory diseases – 5.2%

5.  Alzheimer’s disease – 3.9%

6.  Accidents – 3.3%

7.  Diabetes – 3.1%

8.  Influenza and pneumonia – 2.7%

9.  Kidney disease – 1.8%

10. Septicemia (blood infections) – 1.5%

Men (2004)

1.  Heart disease – 27.2%

2. Cancer – 24.3%

3.  Accidents – 6.1%

4.  Stroke – 5%

5.  Chronic lower respiratory disease – 5%

6.  Diabetes – 3%

7.  Influenza and pneumonia – 2.3%

8.  Suicide – 2.2%

9.  Kidney disease – 1.7%

10. Alzheimer’s disease – 1.6%

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A WOMAN

Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa, half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe, well developed and open to trade, especially for someone with cash.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece, gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel, has been through war and doesn’t make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada, self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes Tibet, wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages…only those with an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge visit there.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN

Between 1 and 70, a man is like Iran, Ruled by Nuts.

😮

Insight from Andy Rooney…

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, ‘What are you thinking?’ She doesn’t care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it’s usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forth right and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one . You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, ‘Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?’, here’s an up date for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!

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