Friday, November 21, 2008

stereotypical



What really was the case: the bag had somehow become untethered and she forgot to double-check before pulling it out of the bigger bag to clean the bag out.

I did not see her wiping grease off her suit. I wonder if those journalist ever really look at the camera footing for the news they vocalize? The stupid bimbos. Believe it or not, I have been feeling ashamed-by-proxy for two days. It just seemed so typical a way for a woman to screw up. I may be over-sensitive but being adressed as "Dear sir" in all my professional correspondence (by people who don't know me) somehow does that to me.

10 comments:

Wetland said...

Si on voit une boule de feu dans le ciel, on saura ce que c'est !

thyme said...

Quoi? L'etui maquillage à une austronaute tête en l'air?
(C'est pas moi qui te l'as dit...)

SandyCarlson said...

Truth and perception....never the twain shall meet....

Dick said...

It was not a nice story, of course it was not good but man or woman is not the point.

thyme said...

Hi Dick. If you didn't hear it the same way I did, that is recommendable of you. But you might be surprised how often when someone screws up it is naturally assumed that it was the woman, the black guy, the foreigner.
Here it was the male astronaut who checked and closed the bags and should have seen if the bag was thethered or not... but of course it would be wrong to always blame the one who did something because naturally the people who never do anything don't make any mistakes.

Xiwel said...

Gender was not in my mind when I heard and saw that item on TV. I was more worried about the stuff that can drop on my head at a very high speed. A long time ago, I was almost hit by a 24"-wrench falling a distance of approx. 18 yards, 3 feet and 5 13/32 inch. My hardhat wouldn't resist such a projectile and I was'nt writing this when I was standig one yard to the left.

It was a male collegue who dropped that tool. That US-steelplant also had a lot of females in technical professions like industrial automation. I never doubted their skills. In fact they are better than their male-versions. But that's simpel statistics.

thyme said...

Thank you. I usually try to be better, because if I am not, I am the first one to go.

I can't believe that you guys are saying gender wasn't what you thought of. Wiping off her suit?! Come on now, get serious!

Friday Night Comedy podcast of the BBC were on about it as well. They said it was because she was multitasking, chatting on the phone to her girlfriends and plucking her eyebrows at the time it happened. The BBC probably have access to the REAL video.

Indrani said...

I did hear this news, but was it a lady astronaut?

And as you mentioned 'the first one to go' it is always ladies, unfortunately. :(

Dick said...

Oh I was trying to say I agree with you but maybe it is my poor english that made it look otherwise.

Ann-Mi said...

If it were a man, it wouldn't even have made it into the news. Perhaps a 4-word sentence on Reuters or something. "astronaut lost tool kit"

The staff get-together... I know the feeling.