Linda Valdez on the IT Goddesses
I am confused by this article.
I have read it three times now and still. Not sure.
The successful young women of today who've made "I'm no feminist" a mantra ought to get a little humility. They wouldn't have the vote, let alone a seat at any decision-making table, if it hadn't been for some mouthy women who were brave enough to be shrill and wise enough to be feminists.
But these days, feminism has a decidedly unsexy image. So does Barres' call for women and men to unmask discrimination and fight for more family-friendly workplaces. Both feminism and frank discussions of discrimination are necessary.
But they may not have the punch I need right now.
At my house, the 15-year-old girl who used to say math and science were her two favorite subjects now says she wants to be a film actress. OK, I say. But how about a backup plan? Something like a medical degree, maybe? She chuckles.
That serious image just can't measure up to the reality of Keira Knightley getting to give on-screen kisses to both Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, the two hottest men on the planet, according to my daughter.
So maybe the Australians have the right idea.
As a mother, I've always been a devotee of the School of What Works. Luring girls into a male-dominated occupation by showing the women who are in that field as sexy film stars might not be entirely honest. Or feministically correct.
Also, does it strike anyone else as strange that the IT Goddesses used The Princess Diaries as one of their samples? No one's going to argue with Charlie's Angels or 10 but ...