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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

4 Reasons Why Science Babe Should be Every Young Woman's Role Model

As some of you know, an amazing event took place this week with the publishing of an article called, "The Food Babe Blogger is Full of Shit."

Yvette Guinevere, the Science Babe, who holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an MSc.  in Forensic Science, called out Vani Hari, the Food Babe as a charlatan and accused her of building an empire on fake science, scare tactics, and duplicitous practices. 



"Damn the winds, full speed ahead, I spy a delicious catfight." - Napoleon

There is no way on God's green earth that I am going to take sides on this. But one thing that I will address is that we can all agree that Science Babe is the type of woman that every young woman should aspire to emulate. Here is my rationale:


1. She has a healthy self image

2. She provides value to society

3. She can formulate a doctoral level argument that is hilariously clever

4. She has a tremendous self drive


I taught high school Engineering for five years in a low income school. I had a freshman class every quarter in 6 week Intro to Engineering courses. Too often, I would see talented girls that could end up being scientists, doctors, and engineers giving up and just doing enough to barely pass. They didn't see the value of pushing themselves for a scientific or technical career. 

Couple this with an overbearing father that wants them married at 19, shows like the Kardashians that teach them that it's better to be a furry backed, knuckle dragging, slow reading moron socialite than a working professional and you start to see why only 20% of women pursue tech related degrees (fastcompany.com, 2014). 

We need to focus on helping young women reach their potential. "Marrying a hot, rich guy" shouldn't be a career goal. I'd love to see high school girls rejecting the "selfie generation" culture and embracing the "She EO" culture. 

 
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I place a person's worth on the desert island theory. A person's worth is attributed by what skills they could bring to a survival situation. If I were stranded on an island with Science Babe, she would immediately be testing potable water for toxicity, making me gather heavy objects like tree trunks and rocks to make a shelter, and gathering flint and combustibles so we could make signal fires. We would probably survive and I could get back to my Macho Man Randy Savage DVDs. 

If I were stranded with the Kardashians, none of them would talk to me because of my inability to ever procure VIP at the Viper Room, and no pliable chance at an athletic career. Khloe would pace the island restlessly, looking for small animals to consume alive, and Kim would use up her battery life taking selfies of her "island adventures." The point is, I would fucking die because none of them have any type of goddamn skill, talent, or value to any living person with an IQ over 15. 

There is hope out there. 

There are groups like Reality Changers that help first generation low income students get to college. There are girls like Maria Castro, who despite financial issues and little family support, got herself into ASU to study dual tech majors. I read about her on CNN and sent her some money, a copy of my book, and a personal note telling her how awesome she was. 

Maria's story: http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/05/12/soledad.education.latina/

So how can we help girls like Maria? Volunteer at high schools, support female robotics teams, donate to the Society for Women Engineers.............and most of all.............CARE.

If any girls are reading this and need help in creating a success plan or need a professional mentor, check out my life coaching website at www.bluedragonent.com. My teen book, Teen Juggernaut, is FREE for download. I don't charge teens for life coaching. 

So in hindsight, Science Babe, my doctoral hat is off to you, I applaud your success in your field, and I hope you inspire thousands of young women to study hard, achieve huge goals, and to move forward in life. You truly are amazing. 

Dr. Rob

"Big, bad, stupid lookin" - Dragnet






















22 comments:

  1. This was absolutely awesome! :)

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    1. I just want to concur. And I LOVE the desert island theory of a person's worth! I'll be borrowing that one.

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  2. With the common sense, sound reasoning and application of logic in this piece it would seem impossible for you to not choose a side in the 'Battle of the Babes'. Good job. #TeamSciBabe

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    1. This comment was awesome. Its truly a dilemma. I heard Food Babe on Lewis Howes and she sounded really nice. But Science Babe has a degree in Theatre. I cant resist a girl that can belt out songs from My Fair Lady.

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  3. As much as I love your main point, I think you fell into the same false dichotomy a lot of people do when they talk about girls in science- pretty vs smart. I'm an engineering major, and I also love to watch dumb tv and take selfies. Perpetuating this stereotype only contributes to the idea that some girls are better than others, not that all girls have different strengths.

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    1. I watch wrestling, skate, and play video games. I also have six degrees, have written seven books and have been on the news. Trust me, I know about balancing smarts and goofiness. God bless hot dorks. - Dr. Rob

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    2. Robert, I'm really glad you like SciBabe. Me too. I like anyone who relies on facts, not hysteria, to get a point across.

      But Alexandra makes an excellent point that you brush aside with your comment about smart/goofy. Her comment was not about you. Her comment was about a very real problem that you are perpetuating in your post.

      And, where was does this balance appear in the post itself?

      I believe you mean well. You clearly want to lift women up. I'm glad to have you on "our" side because God knows equality can't happen without an all hands on deck approach.

      The problem is that your strategy for elevating women is to cut other women down. You'd be a much better ally if got off your high horse and stopped judging. Let's take a look at what I mean.

      You admire/respect SciBabe, and yet for some reason this translates into a blog post admonishing women about who they should or shouldn't be. Who are you to hold up these standards? Who cares if they can entertain you on some desert island (no comment on the part about you needing to rely on a female to save your sorry buttski if you were in that situation, you probably think this is humble of you but it yet again puts women in the position of taking care of men, and by your own standards, YOU aren't a good person with whom to be stranded on a desert island! Why don't you follow your own advice?)?

      Some women take selfies or watch reality TV or want to marry rich dudes. So what? Of course, we don't want them to 'stop there' but more importantly, *how do you know whether or not they've stopped there?* They're not dead yet, and you don't know what is in the hearts of men, women, or anyone else.

      You claim to be interested in helping young women reach their full potential.

      You're really undermining that work by admonishing young women for not following what you've deemed acceptable for them. It's exactly that kind of paternalistic attitude that has gotten us into this mess. "I know what's better for you than you do...and it is STEM and a blood oath not to buy a selfie stick."

      I'm sure that none of this was your intention, but intention is less important than impact. All I'm pointing out is that your execution is undermining your effort.

      Last thought, I do find it pretty funny that you take a pot shot at selfie girls, but then post a photo of yourself with a tight tshirt on. Do as I say, and not as I do? :p

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  4. Great post. A bit off topic- as some who is about to earn a BA at 40 with aspirations to get at least an MSc, I'd like to know more about the "unorthodox techniques for rapid learning" mentioned in your bio.

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    1. Andrew, there are three ways to do this, I wrote a book called The Next Level which you can find on Lulu for about 9 bucks. It lists several of these methods and has four celeb interviews. Basically it teaches you to to any job or skill WAY better, including academia.

      Next, I wrote a blog post on here called How to Supercharge Your Intelligence, its pretty good.

      And last, I do professional life coaching for ANYTHING. I do a lot of academic advice for clients, develop milestones and goals for them, and act as a support system. This info is on my site at www.bluedragonent.com. - Dr. Rob

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  5. This was terrific. I loved hearing the plug for women's empowerment from a male point of view. Your description of the Kardashians couldn't be more on point. Thank you so much for writing this and wanting more from a woman than just a body and a face.

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    1. Some women felt I was too mean. You cant please everyone. I believe in powerful, compelling writing. Thanks for your comments and for checking it out- Dr. Rob

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  6. Thanks Rob, I appreciate the reply. I'll check out your book and blog, and will keep a consultation in mind. Cheers!

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  7. Thanks for this. I'm going to be downloading a copy of your book for my 12 yr old daughter. I want her to go the STEM direction, but she is currently struggling, even with tutoring.

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  8. Well... while I agree with the core message of this, I think your Desert-Island-Theory is inaccurate and kind of offensive. Having a meaningful profession that provides value to society doesn't automatically make you useful when stranded on an island. Let's say I run youth programs for troubled kids, or am a human rights lawyer, or a teacher, or an author who inspires people - I'm probably crap at survivalist stuff. Clearly that doesn't mean my "worth as a person" is less than that of someone who happens to be very strong, can hunt animals, knows which berries are edible, or how to build a shelter?!

    (PS, the Kardashians might be more useful than you think, because everyone would be looking for them. And Kim might somehow get a signal to uploaded her (geotagged?) selfie).

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    1. Lynn, its whimsical humor. Don't take it so literally. Plus theres a badass pic of Napoleon. - Dr. Rob

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