Archive for the 'feminist musings' Category

Women, Science, History, Self

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I ran across an excellent blog post, Invisible Computers, at Women in Science (courtesy of Geeky Mom). It’s another wonderful but agonizing story of women who did amazing things — hacked the world’s first programmable computer in order to run important military calculations — only to have their work promptly denigrated, claimed by others or […]

And They Probably Looked Like Wilma

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Well, obviously the only newsworthy part of uncovering a great European Neolithic settlement that revises our thinking about the start of metallurgy back about five hundred years, provides strong evidence for an active family life and valued role for children in the culture is that Prehistoric women had passion for fashion.
Sometimes it hurts to be […]

Go Eng

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Yesterday I took eldest to an event at the U: Go Eng Girl. It was a great event despite the relatively low turnout because, when I walked in with eldest, she really didn’t have much of an idea of what was meant by engineering but, when we walked out three hours later, she was pumped […]

Anyone BUT the Liberals

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Tomorrow is the provincial election. If you love dogs and hate injustice, vote for anyone who’s not a Liberal candidate. The provincial Liberals brought in Bill 132 which made peaceable pit bulls and their owners into pariahs. Dog attacks still occur on a regular basis throughout the province because we don’t have generic dangerous dog […]

Scylla and Charybdis

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Like other women of my age, I’ve intensely internalized the drive to not be a bother. (This often annoys those near and dear to me as I consequently suffer from the work-related difficulty in “saying no” as well as a profound dislike of trumpeting my own horn.)
That kind of attitude makes for a great team […]

Meditation XVII

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris
No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or […]

WISE Women

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Have you heard about WISE: Women in Science and Engineering? Last spring I morosely blogged about how eldest wasn’t nominated by her teacher for their day-long workshop aimed at interesting girls in grades 4-7 in the fields. Eldest was devastated. This year, the process was opened up for self-nomination and we acted fast so […]

Blog for Choice

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

It’s the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and it irks me, no end, that there are still people out there who are seeking to eliminate access to abortions. I’m a mother of two girls but my pro-choice stance isn’t so much out of fear on their behalf as from outrage that, in a western […]


Monday, November 6th, 2006

Eldest awoke this morning, violently nauseated, no doubt caused by her cold and drainage. She’s spending the day at home, sniffling (usually dutifully into some Kleenex) and feeling sorry for herself.
Us? We’ve juggled just fine. I taught two classes, met with five students and wrote up the scholarship rankings that are due this week. Ducked […]

Boundaries and Behaviours

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Over at 1B* Reignited, I ran across an interesting conversation on socializing, respect and favouritism between students and professors. Combine this with a revival of the perennial how do we let students address us/how do we address students debate linked from Pharyngula and there’s some interesting overlap.
Basically, some people see any attempt to set boundaries […]