Zuska, Goddess of Science, Empress of Engineering, and Avenging Angel of Angry Women, will tell you what everyone is thinking but is afraid to say.
I offer the web's most excellent and informative rants on the intransigent refusal of engineering and science to open their doors to anyone but white males. Verbally bludgeoning morons, celebrating the fabulousness of techie women, Zuska encourages every female to release her Inner Pissed-Off Woman.
Zuska is chronically educated, with many engineering degrees from fancy universities. I have done hard time as an engineer and a scientist, in academia and industry, at the bench and in administration. I am a certified feminist. You are welcome to argue with me if you don’t mind the occasional puke on your shoes.
What do aspiring Zuskateers need to know?
The following information may enhance the effectiveness of your daily Zuska intake.
I am fond of Twisty Faster and her guide on Patriarchy-Blaming the Twisty Way. Like Twisty, I insist that my readers acknowledge that I do not speak for all women, all women engineers, all women scientists, all feminists, or all feminist women engineers and scientists. I heartily endorse her comments guidelines and her miscellaneous pronouncements. I wish that I could also say, like Twisty, that this is not a feminist primer. But Twisty has the luxury of dealing with the rest of the academy (and much of the workforce) that marched bravely forward starting in the seventies, entering the new millennium with at least a modest understanding of the fact that women are humans. Sadly for me and for all women, the majority of Science-and-Engineering-Land remains Groundhog Day-ishly rooted in the 1950's, where Title IX is just a dim dream.
Advanced Zuskateers often cackle in delight when reading Thus Spake Zuska, experiencing vicarious vindication and obtaining tips for their Daily Moron Management activities. However, young and/or beginning Zuskateers may often be confused, upset, or even frightened. This is normal. Speaking truth to morons* gets easier with practice. In this, it is not unlike yoga: awkward and a bit painful in the beginning. But with time, the practitioner feels stronger and more flexible, obtains more inner peace, and focuses more clearly upon her work.
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