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Clueless… same old story! December 2, 2009

Posted by alasbarricadas in Gender, Internet.
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I attended a couple of weeks ago a seminar given by Juliet Webster (+info) at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and she mentioned that she had recently read that a study had found out that women are clueless about technology (read the complete article published by The Telegraph here). It is not new, neither it is surprising… but I still find it embarrassing.

The authors of that “study”, TechGuys, have found out that 7 in 10 women would ask for technical advice (related to computers) to a man rather than a woman… doesn’t make any sense to me at all. Moreover, look what has Tim Fairs (TechGuys) said: “We are an equal opportunities employer, and always on the lookout for female TechGuys as we know that some of our customers may feel more comfortable letting a woman into their home, but it’s rare that we ever receive an application from a woman.” Can you believe this?

I have already written posts about this issue, that is to say, about the generalised stereotype by which women should stay at home taking care of their children while men are working and earning money. Please, if you own a publication such as PCWorld try to stop the perpetuation of such stereotypes instead of reinforcing them. We are adults and we know that statistics say what we want them to say. The problem here is who wrote the questionnaire.  A man?


Who would you use it with? November 17, 2009

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What happens if the girl is not so skinny?

What happens if used with a man?

What happens when you get to the butt?

Does it also work on the front?

Does it only work with iPhones? Smartphones?

Just some questions that came to my mind… obviously it is a trick, and apparently free (didn’t try to download it, just in case) but it is disturbing that the ad only uses women. Disturbing, not surprising.

Wake up call May 11, 2009

Posted by alasbarricadas in Gender, General, Internet.
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This post is about prejudices but it is also a wake up call. Susan Boyle, is a 47 year old unemployed woman who lives in a small village in Britain. She is not beautiful and the first time you see her a lot of prejudices come to your mind. She is a contestant at Britain’s got talent (remember America’s got talent?¿!), one of this shows that help some singers and dancers to get an opportunity but also laugh at a lot of people who rather than being gifted are ridiculous.

When I first saw that video, all these prejudices arose… well… this is a wake up call and the song she chose couldn’t be better “I dreamed a dream”.

Watch and enjoy!

Who swallows first? May 5, 2009

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No comments on this video, just watch it and enjoy it (if you can…)

However, if you have further info about the authors, please leave a comment with it!

Not closed… December 1, 2008

Posted by alasbarricadas in Internet.
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This blog is not closed, my adventure is not over yet… although it may seem so!

I am very busy lately and I haven’t had time to blog (no excuses, I know…) but I wanted you to know that I will keep on posting very soon. Currently I am still living in L.A. but when I come back to Barcelona, “Negras tormentas” will be active again.

Meanwhile I give you a link that you may find interesting. Mari Carmen (Tecnodivas) interviewed me and other girls a few months ago, and finally you can see the results. Hope you enjoy it!!

Reportaje: “Tecnología sin género: un café con cuatro chicas geek” –> read it!