Letter: ’Geeky girl’ was appalling caption

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To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As the mother of two daughters, I was dismayed to read the caption on the article entitled, "Geeky girls wanted" (Eagle, June 22, about Google trying to get more young women into computer science.) The Oxford English Dictionary defines a geek as "a foolish person, a simpleton." I would suggest that anyone who writes software to run computer programs hardly fits this description.

To ascribe the word geeky to girls who are able to master this complex task is particularly offensive. The article notes that the world of coding is largely dominated by men. Headlines such as these do nothing more than perpetuate this male-dominated world and reinforce stereotypical images that any girl who is a coder must naturally be a geek.

The irony, of course, is that the reality could not be farther from the truth. In the year 2014, I cannot believe the media still associates intelligence with geekiness when it comes to girls. Shameful.

JULIA ALLAN

Windsor


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