I take those classes because I want to. Nobody pressures me into it.
Same here. I'm a biology major because it's what I want to study, not because I'm out to prove society wrong.
Uh what makes this exclusive to girls?
Because girls are extremely underrepresented in math and science courses and the fields in general. If you're in a math class dominated by males, you feel as if you must do well not just for yourself, but to represent your entire gender.
Probably should have been specified in the post, but oh well.
Not discriminated against- it's just that there's a disparity in the amount of women who are engineers, for instance, in comparison to men. I never said it was discrimination, it's just that statistically fewer females than males are involved in science and math (in college and after). Personally, I put pressure on myself to do better, just to prove to myself (and certain misogynists) that my gender doesn't mean that I'm not as good as others in these subjects.
This post wasn't meant to be social commentary; I actually want to know if other females feel this too.
The reason I take those classes has nothing to do with proving my worth...I genuinely want to.
My calculus teacher got all excited when she found out I was in her class because I'm the first white girl who's taken AP calculus at our school since she started teaching... 10 years ago -.-
Seriously? Half of my calculus class has girls in it.
That's . . . extreme. I have noticed that there are a lot more Indians and Asians in my calculus class, and a lot more boys, but there are at least a few white girls in every math class I've taken.
I'm a girl and I love science, especially astronomy and biology. I can sit for days flipping through an astronomy book. It's so fascinating to me!
But math, I'm sorry, I'm absolutely hopeless in. Numbers just can't get through my head. And math is sort of... cold. There's no room for debate, really. I like to speak and debate with people and I like to toy around with concepts.
I'm a girl and I want to be an engineer because I want to.
1. If you left the site how are you here?
2. I'm not saying I feel oppressed; I know I'm very lucky to be in my situation. I just put pressure on myself, even though I don't know anyone who actually thinks that way, that women are inferior. It's just that I've noticed fewer and fewer girls as I move up in classes, and it makes me want to continue taking those classes, even though sometimes I want to quit.