The Mad Scientist

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just read a really interesting story on the history of the “mad scientist” image in popular culture. It’s a stereotype/trope that often brings to mind images of Einstein on his most stressed out days- wild white hair sprouting from his head, a mix of passion, enthusiasm, and crazy behind the eyes. Did you know that historians have determined that the very first mention of a mad scientist was of a woman? Her name was Mathésis, after the ancient Greek term meaning  learning, mathematics, knowledge, and science. Kind of eerily cool, right? Especially considering how hard women have had to work in present day to be considered legitimate scientists, let alone to have equal access to STEM fields.  For more on the history of female scientists check out the original article. And, what about you? Do you know any mad scientists?


J.Crew Ad causing gender controversy

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

J.Crew’s website is currently featuring an ad of the Creative Director Jenna Lyons and her son Beckett demonstrating what they do on Sundays (read: how they use J.Crew clothing/products to relax on the weekend, but that’s a different post altogether). The ad has caused some controversy because in one set of images, Beckett is wearing hot pink nail polish.

For me, this isn’t controversy. For me, it is an ad that captures the creativity and fun that can be had when we aren’t stuck in tightly constructed gendered boxes. So what if this little boy likes hot pink nail polish? Or even more so, that according to the ad copy, his favorite color is pink. He looks happy and he looks loved and wearing pink nail polish isn’t going to make him “different” or gay or less of a boy (all arguments some news outlets have been basing their criticism of the ad on). And, then again, so what if he is? What if he is different? What if he one day identifies as gay? What if one day he helps redefine what it means to be a man or a boy? What if, what if, he just happens to be little boy who really digs the bright, happiness inducing qualities of hot pink?  I say kudos J.Crew for celebrating this little dude and his love for pink and doing something (slightly) different with your advertising for a change.

What about you all? Is there something you love to do or wear that goes against stereotypical gender norms?

To see the full spread visit J.Crew and for another analysis of the ad and the media hoopla it induced visit Sociological Images.

Real Life Barbie Doll

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Huffington Post has an article written by Hamilton College student, Galia Slayen,  who built a Barbie true to her human-sized proportions.  Heres how she describes the inspiration behind creating a life sized Barbie:

In January 2007, I was looking for a way to make my peers realize the importance of eating disorders and body image issues. I was frustrated after quitting the cheerleading squad, frustrated with pressures to look and act a certain way and most of all frustrated with the eating disorder controlling my life. I wanted to do something that would turn others’ apathy into action. That evening, my neighbor and I found two long pieces of wood and started measuring.

Today, Galia uses the Barbie as part of Hamilton College’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) programming. She says, “My Barbie’s role is simple. She grabs the attention of apathetic onlookers and makes them think and talk about an issue that thrives in silence. In the last four years, [my] Barbie has surpassed my expectations, attracting attention and sparking conversation among listeners and readers across the nation.”

For more on how Galia made her Barbie (and a picture of her with her Barbie) and some “Get Real Barbie Statistics” check out her article at the Huffington Post.

Today is Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

I know it seems a bit antiquated that we are still talking about equal pay for men and women in 2011. Wait.  But is it antiquated?  In the United States women are still earning $.77 on every $1 that men make. Over a lifetime that adds up.

Apply for WAM 2012 Executive Planning Committee

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in planning WAM 2012 please encourage them to apply. WAM includes programs such as Take Back the Night, Red Dress Fashion Show, The Clothesline Project, and Women’s Day of Service.  In addition to program chairs we are also looking for chairs for publicity, website/graphics, and collaboration.  Applications are due by April 15 and can be found on the WRC website (under the menu item: WAM Application) or through WAM’s Jacket Pages. Any questions can be directed to


Support LGBT Students at Tech

April 7, 2011 § 1 Comment

Fellow Yellow Jacket,

“It’s okay to be gay at Georgia Tech. We, the undersigned, support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends and colleagues at Georgia Tech.”

This statement, followed by hundreds of signatures, appeared in the Technique in 1996, 2002, and 2005. Signatures were gathered from students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Tech community, all of whom were supportive of the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) yellow jackets.

Join us as we once again gather signatures for this effort.

To Participate:

1. Visit:
2. Login: Click ‘Students, Faculty, and Staff’ and use your GT login info to sign in.
3. Sign: Check your name; click ‘Submit’ and you’re done!

Act fast! This link will close on Wednesday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Your name and willingness to support the LGBT community will be published in the final Technique of this semester, alongside many, many other names. You can participate as a straight ally (someone who is accepting and supportive of the LGBT community) or as a member of the LGBT community yourself.

Help us maximize the effect of this effort by forwarding this email to other members of the Georgia Tech community: organizational lists, friends, co-workers, alumni, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, and any other member of the Tech community that might want to participate.

Thank you for your time and energy, as we work together to make Georgia Tech an even better place.

Yours in Progress and Service,
The Acceptance For All Team

P.S. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email

What does it mean to be an ally?

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This morning when I arrived at work someone had sent me one of the videos below. They are from an Irish campaign called Stand Up! that seeks to raise awareness about the experiences of LGBT youth, including positive images of LGBT young people, addressing homophobia, and being an ally. The campaign is a yearly initiative, with this year’s campaign taking place from April 4-15. While I think the campaign would benefit from more diversity, particularly in terms of race and gender expression, the overall message and images they portray are positive and certainly exemplify what I think it means to be an ally.

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