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The stereotyped image of girl in IT

Thu 11.5.2017 11:58 am

It was noticed that social media is drawing a wrong picture of girls who are interested in ICT. For instance, in movies such girls are often seen as anti-social, having poor communication skills, unable to have good personal relationships, etc. It is necessary to stress out that this picture does not mirror the reality. There are many successful women studying and working in ICT: they are charismatic, confident, and socially active. Mass media is just stereotyping.

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We know that media (especially movies) draws a wrong picture of girls who are interested in ICT. Usually they are shown as anti-social, having poor communication skills, unable to have good personal relationships, etc. We believe that certain events could be organized for showing that ICT girls are not necessarily like that. For example, we could choose and watch a movie where an ICT girl is shown in a stereotypical way, and have a discussion about it afterwards.

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We know that media (especially movies) draws a wrong picture of girls who are interested in ICT. Usually they are shown as anti-social, having poor communication skills, unable to have good personal relationships, etc. We believe that certain events could be organized for showing that ICT girls are not necessarily like that. For example, we could choose and watch a movie where an ICT girl is shown in a stereotypical way, and have a discussion about it afterwards.

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Submitted by Indrė Surgelytė on Thu, 2017-05-11 12:09

That's so true! In the media we often see ICT girls as nerds who don't have a normal life, can't have a relationship, etc. Personally, I know many ICT girls who are really socially active and are not worse than any other.
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Submitted by Danguole Rutkau... on Thu, 2017-05-11 12:16

The media is crazy nowadays, it's getting more and more difficult to understand what's real and what's not. Therefore it is very important for the young generation to develop critical thinking.

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Submitted by Renata Norbutaite on Thu, 2017-05-11 12:43

Media makes ICT sector unpopular for both genders, but youngsters in Lithuania do not watch TV, or read newspapers.

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Submitted by Luidmila on Tue, 2017-05-23 21:06

In fact, we are often discussing the stereotypes of cinema. Women in the IT industry are different. What a woman looks like depends on the woman's willingness. Perhaps, when we discuss stereotypes of women in IT, we create all these complexes and stereotypes ourselves.
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Submitted by Francesca De Rienzo on Tue, 2017-06-06 12:22

Stereotypes do exist about people wortking in IT or similar fields, both for men and women, although for women are even stronger. There's a lot we could do to soften this problem. For example, we could increase the number of courses and initiatives dedicated exclusively to young girls (10-14 years old), such as "Girls code it better" (see http://www.girlscodeitbetter.it/#/maw - italian website).  

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