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Monday, March 23, 2009

A lil bit of good parenting goes a long way

Peggy's father passed away recently. You can read Peggy's blog -Look for WOMEN IN SCIENCE on my blogroll on the right.

She wrote a blog entry about her dad and i left a comment for here there.

Here is a copy of that comment that i would like to share with my own readers

My comment:
Awww, Peggy, HUgs to you sweetheart.
He did a great job with parenting as is evident at how wonderful you turned out .
speaking of dads, I think, My dad always wanted me to be the best. He never said not to paying for anything education related or otherwise.
I remember going to the bookstore and wanting to purchase all kinds of books and he for one would never say no .
My mom always also did the same, to encourage me to study and learn and understand.

Good parenting definitely goes a long way.

Hugs to you sweetie. Parents get old , they pass, but their spirit lives on in us as children.

Media potrayal of Women scientists. When SMART IS COOL.

Well, As you can see on my blogroll, You might notice this blog WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Peggy thoroughly does a great job with that blog.
She recently wrote a blog about how for generations though women scientists did excellent work and contributed a lot to science, most of them never really got media coverage as much as the male ones. She writes about how any generic picture of a science lab always shows a man doing the experiments while if at all a woman is in the picture she is potrayed as this admiring onlooker.
needless to say, I left a comment for here there on her blog.
I am gonna post a copy of that comment here as well, just for the benefit of my readers here.

My comment:
Thanks for the round up of pictures.
To think that they actually did have pictures of actual women scientists but then never used for media purposes says a lot about what the media back then thought would sit right the the common social psyche.
They must have thought that " why not just avoid showing pictures of smart scientists lest the poor men feel threatened "
I absolutely love your blog and you know that i have you on my blogroll on my Ecology blog.

Even today's media is still afraid to potray the truth. It breaks my heart to constantly see women constantly potrayed as sex objects while the truth is that millions of women all over the country do real jobs and real tough smart jobs at that. How come such smart women don't get as much coverage?You see,
What they show on tv is what influences the next generation of girl children to aspire to. If 'smart' is potrayed as 'cool', more young women will try to go to college and get a job.
If cheerleading alone is potrayed as coool , we will end up with a whole generation of financially dependant stay at home ex cheerleader women regretting that they never finished college.


Laundry the old fashioned way. gosh ! Air drying of clothes

Before you go all riled up, Let me clarify that i am not asking you to do your laundry the old fashioned way at all. I know, It is VERY VERY HARD WORK. Doing laundry the old fashioned way does save all the energy that the machine uses for tumbling and then rinsing and then squeezing out the water, but then, needing to actually use one's own hands to tumble and squeeze and rinse is a herculean task. I think It was such a herculean task that a whole generation of women were not allowed to have careers and a job outside of home because they had to have somebody at home doing everyone's laundry. Gosh, what kind of human abuse is this?

So, well, suggesting to all of you that you do the laundry the old way , would be a great crime. Imagine tumbling your large large comforters. Anyways, I tried doing laundry the old fashioned way. Ya know, soaking these clothes in soaped water, then trying to brush off the stains and then rinsing in plain water , then hand squeezing and then air drying.
The clothes turned out okay too.
I ended up getting a great work out in the process too.
But, I just cannot imagine doing the same with a comforter. It is just too big for me to handwash it.

So yes, I may not ask you guys to do the hard part of the laundry.

But yes, we could all get just a lil bit environmental friendly and sundry our clothing, especially , if we live in the suburbs and have a large backyard with space to airdry stuff out of the view of the street. We don't want to spoil the visage of the street we live in , do we?

A large amount of power gets consumed in heat drying our clothing. This atleast we could avoid by airdrying or sun drying our clothing.
i know, many of us live in downtown with no backyard, we live in apartments with no place to dry . Such of us, really, we still have to use the heat dryer.

Well, if you are a fat person living in the suburb, then ofcourse, you can try airdrying our laundry after washing it yourself. YOu can try doing this with smaller pieces of clothing like lycra or sythetic tshirts etc. yeah, those clothes need to be your own.There is absolutely no need to handwash your husband's or wife's clothing like a houseslave.LOL

Oh , my environmental fantasies.
Why did i try traditional laundry at my home ,you might ask. I was just plain bored and i wanted to challenge myself to see if I could manage in the most basic of situations where i don't even have a washing machine to my rescue.
Gives me selfconfidence that i am not a technology slave afterall.

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