Pink vs Blue: The Unspoken War Within STEM Pathways.

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“I don’t mean to sound sexist, but as far as women have come over the last 40 years, you don’t really see a lot of women hunters. They’re still in the minority in the military, and there’s not a lot of female construction workers. I hope that’s not taken the wrong way. I think women are as smart, resourceful, and capable in most things as any man could be … but they are generally physically weaker. That’s science.”

– Robert Kirkman

The third Thursday of every February is Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day.

While some may say that this is a great initiative, the fact that we even need it says a lot about the way in which the “weaker sex” are still portrayed within certain fields.

Society as a whole is moving towards equality but it seems that some pathways, STEM in particular, are still a “boys club“.

Initiatives such as Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day aim to increase the amount of women in what has always traditionally been a male dominated workforce. But the challenge with this is shifting the toxic culture that seems intent on keeping women down and out rather than embracing innovation and equality.

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Nanny dogs not nuisances

Bundy is a four year old mixed bully breed with a lot of love for his human friends. He attends obedience classes twice a week and easily wins over even the most cautious guests in his owner, Tyler’s, home.

Bundy - four year old mixed bully breed.

Bundy is dog reactive and as such, one of the classes he attends is specifically tailored to help with this. It is his general obedience class, however, in which Bundy has run into issues.

Due to his reactivity, Bundy is kept muzzled both for his protection and for that of the other dogs present. Being a responsible owner, Tyler has no problem with this.

What she does take offence to, however, is that while there are two other reactive dogs present, Bundy is the only one who is actually required to wear a muzzle.

Tyler feels that Bundy has been singled out due to his appearance, as one of the trainers went out of their way to point out that dog reactivity is “very common” among Pit Bulls which is what they feel Bundy “obviously is”.

To add context, the other two dog reactive animals in the class are a Jack Russell type and a Cavalier type.

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The 11th Hour: 04-03-17

Last semester I worked on a La Trobe Live production called The 11th Hour.

We ran shows weekly and everything you see was planned, crafted and presented by students.

In this weeks episode we look at brain foods, beer and more.

We broke this weeks video into two parts due to some technical difficulties but from here on there will be one for each week.

We Need To Talk About: Autism

I read a post today (the link is at the bottom of this post) by a girl named Emma.
Emma is autistic, but that doesn’t stop her from making her voice heard.
Her words were simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking.

Autism Spectrum Australia defines Autism Spectrum Disorder (herein referred to as ASD) as “a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.”

What they don’t discuss, however, is the bias exhibited by some individuals towards those who fall on the spectrum.

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