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Male Engineering Student Calmly Explains Why Female Classmates Aren’t His Equals
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People, Social Issues2 years ago

Male Engineering Student Calmly Explains Why Female Classmates Aren’t His Equals

Imagine a guy telling his whole engineering class, loud and clear, that female students aren’t his equals. As I’m typing, your eyeballs might be out of their sockets, and you might be searching for an egg or two to fire. While your mind is busy creating the worst-case scenario of academic misogyny, stay with me. The guy suddenly changes his tone of voice – “you and I cannot be equal. You have already conquered far more to be in this field than I will ever face.” Of course, the female students had to work harder, stronger, better and faster to make it in this world! And what were you thinking? In the blink of an eye, Jared Mauldin transforms into a humble hero of modern class. His thought-provoking letter, published on Eastern Washington University’s student news site, has been taking the internet by storm. No thunder, though, as many have turned to him to say “thank you”. Read Mauldin’s full letter below:

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Speaking with the Today show about his piece, Jared Mauldin said: ‘Really, when you look at this letter, I said nothing new. I didn’t say anything that another feminist writer hasn’t said before. The distinguishing factor happens to be that I am a man. That is a problem.’ Sadly, it’s true that women in the field of science face a grim reality. Catalyst, a global non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in workforces, conducted a study and discovered that the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) begins with education. The gap is exceptionally wide in information technologies, where women account for up to only 18.8% of the highest grades in class. As if that’s not enough, a 2014 study discovered that both men and women were twice as likely to hire a man if the job required math.

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2 years ago

It's cool when men can understand better a woman's perspective on such issues, but this kind of virtue signalling makes me uncomfortable. Women simply want to be treated the same as everyone else. That means not undervaluing our worth, but it also means not treating us as special snowflakes. Everyone has their own struggle.

John Louis
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2 years ago

I think understanding the reality of the playing field helps make it more level.

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Hooked
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2 years ago (edited)

I always have mixed feelings about this kind of topic. I (born 1968) have a (bachelor) degree in applied physics (since 1992) and worked in Industrial Automation for many years, for what were engineering firms with then 100% male employees. During my time in Uni we were 4-10 girls on a total of 300 physics students. But I have never ever experienced any form of misogyny during those years. No one held me back, no one told me I was not fit to work as an engineer because of my gender and no one suggested to find other line of work. Just the opposite really : when it was time for me to have children, I was the first engineer that needed to give birth herself, in comparrison to my male co-workers, and everyone was very excited about me joining them on the workfloor with my belly pressed into a blue overall ! Maybe on a professional basis things were/are different where I come from (Netherlands) but I just can't relate to these posts made by people from "developed" countries. Sorry.

Falcon
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2 years ago

Don't worry. I can't relate either. I was born in the 80s and went into IT and have never been discouraged or heard anything remotely negative about going into the industry as a female. It just sounds like made-up grievances to me. He's right about one thing. Diversity hires and quotas completely undermine us. They are such a terrible idea.

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Vincent Philippart
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2 years ago

I'm getting tired of this. In most industrialized countries, females outnumber males in all fields of higher studies but engineering. High school failure disproportionately affects male students. Most educators are female, and studies have shown they on average have a significant bias against male students. Boys in school have more than five time the suicide rate of girls. Equality should be going both ways. It is true females have it harder in many ways, but not regarding education. Boys deserve that we care about them too.

KatHat
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2 years ago

You're getting tired of this after maybe 20 years of "moving towards equality", after MILLENNIA of the opposite? Maybe you're making a point different to the one you intend to be making. Yes, of COURSE we need to care about boys. The point of the letter and the article is that on the whole, as a group, they are already cared for.

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2 years ago

It's cool when men can understand better a woman's perspective on such issues, but this kind of virtue signalling makes me uncomfortable. Women simply want to be treated the same as everyone else. That means not undervaluing our worth, but it also means not treating us as special snowflakes. Everyone has their own struggle.

John Louis
Community Member
2 years ago

I think understanding the reality of the playing field helps make it more level.

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Hooked
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2 years ago (edited)

I always have mixed feelings about this kind of topic. I (born 1968) have a (bachelor) degree in applied physics (since 1992) and worked in Industrial Automation for many years, for what were engineering firms with then 100% male employees. During my time in Uni we were 4-10 girls on a total of 300 physics students. But I have never ever experienced any form of misogyny during those years. No one held me back, no one told me I was not fit to work as an engineer because of my gender and no one suggested to find other line of work. Just the opposite really : when it was time for me to have children, I was the first engineer that needed to give birth herself, in comparrison to my male co-workers, and everyone was very excited about me joining them on the workfloor with my belly pressed into a blue overall ! Maybe on a professional basis things were/are different where I come from (Netherlands) but I just can't relate to these posts made by people from "developed" countries. Sorry.

Falcon
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't worry. I can't relate either. I was born in the 80s and went into IT and have never been discouraged or heard anything remotely negative about going into the industry as a female. It just sounds like made-up grievances to me. He's right about one thing. Diversity hires and quotas completely undermine us. They are such a terrible idea.

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm getting tired of this. In most industrialized countries, females outnumber males in all fields of higher studies but engineering. High school failure disproportionately affects male students. Most educators are female, and studies have shown they on average have a significant bias against male students. Boys in school have more than five time the suicide rate of girls. Equality should be going both ways. It is true females have it harder in many ways, but not regarding education. Boys deserve that we care about them too.

KatHat
Community Member
2 years ago

You're getting tired of this after maybe 20 years of "moving towards equality", after MILLENNIA of the opposite? Maybe you're making a point different to the one you intend to be making. Yes, of COURSE we need to care about boys. The point of the letter and the article is that on the whole, as a group, they are already cared for.

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