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  •  The idea that girls (7+ / 0-)

    suck at math has been completly contrarian to my experiences in school.
    I remember when I had to get at least 5 points out of 15 in abitur for math a couple of years ago or i couldn't graduate and I would have most likely failed, if it hadn't been for my sister who spent two weeks almost nonstop tutoring me and helped me understand the subjects in a way nobody had been able to teach me before.
    Most of my female classmates were also much better in math than the median of guys (though the best math wiz was a male friend of mine, but he was crazy math obsessed anyway, often knowing the subjects better than the teacher and he is now studying math in university).
    Its proposterous that such a stereotype still exists today.

    "We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

    by Mudderway on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 04:53:05 PM PDT

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    •  I knew a girl in my high school math class (8+ / 0-)

      who was kind of brilliant, but acted like a ditz, to the point where I had no idea she was brilliant for months.

      She did an extremely good job of concealing it.   I've always been bothered by people feeling a need to conceal their intelligence, though I kind of did that myself a few months ago.  I was out to see "Inception" with a group of friends, and I totally got the movie -- I don't know that I think it was a great movie, but I totally understood it.  No one else I was with did and they kept talking about how confusing it was, and I didn't want to make them feel bad so when one of them asked me if I was confused, too, I pretty much agreed that I was.

      A few months later I apologized to her for that-- told her it wasn't fair to her to think she was that fragile and it wasn't fair to either of us for me to be disingenuous around someone I respect.  She was cool about it, but I still felt stupid for having done it.

      "The first rule of pillow fight club is do not talk about pillow fight club." --Keith Olbermann

      by Julie Waters on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 05:16:39 PM PDT

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      •  My mother always taught me that girls are not (0+ / 0-)

        supposed to be smart and if you were, you better hide it.  She was right.  Men pay lip service when they say they want/love intelligent women.  When they get one, they feel threatened and oppressed.  I have seen it time and again.

    •  In Scandinavia (0+ / 0-)

      median girls score higher.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 02:17:22 PM PDT

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