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Girls of Engineering – Sexy & Smart or Just Plain Stupid?

March 4th, 2007 · No Comments

The girls of engineering calendar was produced with current and past engineering students from the University of Illinois posing in ridiculous poses – none of which are really nude, but all of which are supposed to be sexy.

Girls of Engineering

You can buy the calendar for only $12.95 – I am wondering who’d want to. You can also see a slideshow with about 44 pics in it.

How brain dead does one have to be to realize that reinforcing sexual stereotypes does not unmake the stereotype? We all know some girls are engineers, some girls are sexy, and some sexy girls are engineers. Having revealing photos of the small minority displayed in a calendar does not magically convey the image that all sexy girls are engineers, or that all girl engieers are sexy.

Women in Engineering don’t have to be sexy to be good. They only have to be smart. The calendar, if anything, will reduce the few sexy & smart girls in engineering to fancy sexual objects. Quite the achievement for equality of the sexes in engineering education!