Helpless Female…

Posted: November 19, 2014 in Web
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Good Morning

Hey guys, good day are you having? ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you checked out the homepage? I tried to make it easier to find specific things you may be interested in. That way if you don’t want to read about books you can somewhat skip over them altogether. Its Wednesday so you know what that means, its spaghetti Tuesday.



If you stuck with me past the title thank you. You may also know what this is in regards to since it has been all over social media.

If you haven’t heard yet it the book above Barbie:I can be a computer Engineer is getting tons of flack and after I describe it I will start in on my thoughts.

Book description:ย Barbie can be an actress and a computer engineer! Barbie plays a pretty princess in a playโ€”then saves her sister’s school computer project. With two great all-new stories, girls 3โ€“7 will love this I Can Be deluxe storybook!

I am going to say I have not read this now so this is based entirely off of my reading of excepts and some what the amazon reviews.

I know this is possibly just making their sales go through the roof but I wanted to share my opinion.

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“I’m only creating the design ideas,” Barbie tells her sister Skipper in the book. “I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!”

I am wondering why “only” is in that sentence. By design ideas I am assuming she means she is doing drawings as a mock up. As a part of a company where neither of us can draw well, and it is a plus to have someone who can draw. Matthew and I can talk until we are blue in the face and draw as much as we want to try and convey the design we are thinking of, but by the end it won’t look anything like it. Plus is we could get it drawn out before we start on the computer it would save a lot of time in coding and photoshop(etc) Its generally a team effort, I am at a loss for why they say I am only, and I need the men to turn it into a real game. You can learn to code yourself you ding bat so you don’t need their help.

As a woman in the game industry, who also happens to have a daughter interested in game dev it makes me want to smack someone upside their freakin head. Thankfully, I try to steer clear of Barbie for this and other reasons. The last thing I want either of my kids to learn is to take credit for something someone else did, or to believe they HAVE to depend on someone else to do things. Don’t get me wrong obviously in certain circumstances its needed. For instance if you have a gaping head wound. But really?! What were they thinking?

Amazon Reviews:

Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my. WHY WHY WHY didn’t I have this jem of a book before I went to school to be a software engineer!!! After almost 20 years in the field, working my behind off, I had no idea I just had to flick my long blonde locks and have Steve and Brian do all the work for me. What the heck have I been thinking all these years! I can’t believe all of the long hours I have put in and all the hard work. I could have had life on easy street this whole time.

That’s it. For the rest of my career I’m putting on pink glasses and having the men do the work for me and sweetly letting me take the credit! Now I can get that huge raise I have been wanting, all thanks to guys like Steve and Brian. Thank you, Barbie, thank you for showing me that it’s A-OK for women to sit back and let men take care of everything. Now I can eat my bon bons in peace. -Misty

As a computer engineer and the father of two daughters who are both in STEM fields, my only recommendation for this book would be to set it on fire.-Mark

While it used to take years of negative messaging to teach women and girls that they are second-class citizens in technology fields, this little gem can give you a great head start at a tender young age.

As a computer scientist, and as the father of a little girl (named “Ada”), I am viscerally nauseated to encounter a children’s book so utterly inappropriate in the modern era.-Dennis



I love watching his videos he seems to enjoy his life so much. Lets be honest it’d be pretty hard to be upset while doing what he is doing.



Lets just be honest, the only reason I would use this is because of the dang make it rain thing. lol


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!!Have a great day!!

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