October 22nd, 2010


Ranting, not just for Wednesdays!

Somebody sent me this this morning.

It's a BusinessInsider thingy that shows 18 countries where women have it way better than in America*. It's pretty simplistic, loosely based on the Global Gender Gap Report. They've used four measures - economic opportunities, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. I can kind of see how they'd measure the first three, and apparently they used the number of women in political office to measure the fourth.

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Anyway, back to the rant...

And the site is pretty damn sexist too. Their article "Let's be real about the lack of women in tech" tries really hard and almost makes it - lack of role models, etc etc blah blah - but by the time I had read "Women are by nature *insert X limiting thing here*" for the 6th or 7th time I had stopped paying any attention to what they said, and mostly just wanted to get a big bat labelled with BY NATURE and clue them up a bit.

* WARNING: DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS. Unless you get off on rightwing sexist patriotic American chestbeating, in which case, knock yourself out.

** It's entirely possible that they couldn't figure out what 'a typical New Zealand woman' looks like. Personally, I'd have liked to see Bernice Mene or Beatrice Faumuina there.

OK done now. It's Friday, and Labour weekend. Three days off yay! Sadly, Monday is the day Dr Wheel flies out. I plan to monopolise him somewhat this weekend. Hope you don't mind.