Yesterday someone made the following rather absurd statement on my blog, as a response to my post on the highest paying profession for women:
Clearly, the desire for women to be engineers or whatever is about “honor”, and “respect”, not how to get the most cushy life.
The problem with this statement, though, is that people don’t go into engineering for “honor” or “respect”. Instead, you do it because you realize you are good at it, thus you are more likely to enjoy the work. Furthermore, you appreciate being employable. On the other hand, if you want “honor” and “respect” — presumably the commenter meant “prestige”, you would go into medicine or law, join the military, or become a firefighter. The caveat with law is that you are almost required to go to a T14 law school if you want to make it in the legal world.
Engineering, on the other hand, is a relatively low-status profession. This is particularly due to the influx of workers from the third world, predominantly India. As a consequence, salaries have been largely stagnant. No offense to my Indian friends, but if you sit in a cubicle farm with a bunch of people from the Third World, you are not high status, no matter how much bullshit you post on your Facebook wall.
Speaking of Facebook: The misconception of feminists is that engineering jobs are cushy and translate to easy money, thus there is the push for getting more women into that field. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could trace the beginning of the “get more womyn into tech” hype to a movie like The Social Network. You can almost picture Piggy and Tumblerrella frothing at their mouth because Mark Zuckerberg writes Facebook in, like, twenty minutes in this movie while dripping in white privilege. Consequently, they conclude that if Zuckerberg was half-black, half-Asian, 3/4 female, and 5/4 LGBT he could have done so in 12 minutes — and mathematics is a conspiracy of the patriarchy to keep womyn and minorities down anyway.