Sexism with electronics?!

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Sexism with electronics?!
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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 10:51am

The people (guys?) over at Eurostar apparently think women need dumbed down versions of tablets—they've created ePad Femme with preinstalled apps (and you can't add any additional ones) for you: grocery, cooking, weightloss, pregnancy, yoga, and perfume. Lovely!

http://www.ivillage.com/epad-femme-feminine-technology-us-stupid-girls/4-a-528001

Do you think this is justified or do you think this is stepping over a line? Are you less technically inclined than the men (husband/boyfriend/father/son) in your life?

I am the more techie in my family. Both the guys and girls come to me. But the Femme seems to be really, truly dumbed down.


Erin
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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 7:24pm
Well what do you expect? After all you want us men to show you respect, tenderness, loving care. Eurostar is just following the 'typical advertising model for women' and I bet the tablet is PINK too. Your right electronics hardware is a boys club. If a woman is inclined (most aren't) there is plenty of money to be made working in electronics especially if your smart and tough enough to start your own business. I mean boy's play rough take no prisoners and have egos to match. Just remember egos, pride, upsmanship, and crying mean nothing only money counts so forget men's BS and keep focused on the money. We use toilet paper too, you know so get out of your comfort zone and be unconventional. Sure electronics like most technical fields is BORING so what that's where the MONEY IS. Raising children requires many more skills BUT that's where the MONEY ISN'T. Sitting behind a customer service monitor just isn't what most men want to do. Of course expect to spend 20% of life at work learning new systems so you can install and make them operational. In electronic the C in constant means change. Forget the nice clean work it doesn't pay and there's thousands in training just like hair designers or whatever. Auto ads show women salespersons, yet the top earners are the master mechanics who troubleshoot mostly tough auto electronics. I taught my son basic electronics and fought to get him in Marines avionics school to learn instrumentation. Now he's a nationwide installer for Ericsson and Nokia cellar systems. Yesterday, he drove from San Antonio to Stephenville TX (200 miles) to treat Mom and I to a dinner out and showoff his new Aston Martin Vanquish V12 limited addition #10 of 40 on the entire planet while leaving his new V12 Bentley at home. He's 36 sorry he's married. Again don't focus your rants at me, rather at the system which makes these rules which of course is men. Don't you think we've done a great job of stacking the deck against you ladies. A good example is Congress where the scoreboard is 0 to 0 in overtime with unlimited timeouts. Even worse you're in the majority and keep voting for the boy's clubs, and we are so grateful too! Bye
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 10:36am

khatru1 wrote:

Both sexes are equally smart, I think it comes down to what a person is interested in. What turns them on. What they are passionate about. A much higher percentage of men seem interested in technology, gadgets, etc. If you are more interested in something, you will learn it better than someone who is not.

So maybe the issue is why are wome in general less interested in it? Nature or nurture?

Ooh, interesting! Hmmm... I'm not sure if it is a nature vs nurture thing. Maybe it's more of a what people have been pushed towards? Stereotyped deal?

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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 2:42pm

Both sexes are equally smart, I think it comes down to what a person is interested in. What turns them on. What they are passionate about. A much higher percentage of men seem interested in technology, gadgets, etc. If you are more interested in something, you will learn it better than someone who is not.

So maybe the issue is why are wome in general less interested in it? Nature or nurture?

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:38pm

I have to laugh because that sounds like a modern "today" thing......

If a woman is a DITZ then she needs a tablet that a man can turn on for her and all she has to do is touch what she wants to look at.....like shoes, makeup and clothes......I don't know if there are really women like that or if they just pretend to be like that, I think she would have to be young have her own set of problems because most of the women I know over 50 proably know more about computers than their husbands. 

That is not saying good or bad about men or women, but really the last time I knew a woman that had to have something handed to her that was already working she was about 3 years old.......mmmm make that 2.....

I am to old now to really care about what others do but I think a woman can be cute, smart, look good and smell good and get around the computer like she was born to it.....today I probably know more women that work with computers than can cook... is that sexist too? 

What ever trips your trigger I guess...

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 1:05pm

OMG, that is just mindblowing that the believe that women are only interested in looking and smelling good, I guess anything other than that is too much for our feeble little brains????

While I cannot say I'm technically inclined, I'm more than capable of downloading apps to my iPad.  Wow, I even updated the OS on both my iPad and iPhone over the weekend, and did not need a man to do it for me!  I believe I'll be putting Eurostar on my "do not buy ever" list for any of their products, who wants to deal with a company that narrow minded.  They really screwed this one up. 

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