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You can find a feminist commentator to make a stupid remark on anything with the most tenuous connection to male and female roles. You can find a commentator to make a stupid remark about just about anything to do with the sexes from just about any angle. Those comments unfortunately are often then used to tar broad categories of people.
But feminism — sensible, worthwhile, life-affirming feminism — is clearly a task yet to be completed. Witness the child’s book Barbie: (I Can Be) A Computer Engineer. In brief, this wannabe computer engineer can “design” computer games, but needs boys to make them work, gets her notebook computer infected with a virus, infects her sister’s computer with the virus, gets the boys at school to fix her and her sister’s computers, and then takes credit herself.
You can read the whole thing here (language warning, even in the URL).
This isn’t a book from the 1960s, ’70, ’80s or ’90s. Apparently it was published in 2013. Over the weekend Amazon has pulled it (although you can still find the Barbie computer engineer herself for a cool 200 bucks).
The author claims to be a feminist and a tech professional, but she blames Mattel, rather weakly in my view, claiming that Mattel insists their Barbie’s be “nic.”. Fair enough. But you can be nice, yet still know how to code. A pleasant, fun person can, if she’s a computer engineer, be competent enough not to infect her sister’s computer with a virus.
In my view it’s likely that things like computer coding are likely to remain disproportionately male activities, but “disproportionate” does not mean “exclusive.”