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Monday, March 10, 2008

ECE

For obvious reasons, ECE, to me, means Electrical and Computer Engineering. However, apparently others use it to mean Early Childhood Education. This is rather confusing when you use this acronym to describe your profession. As a rough guide, it is fairly safe to assume the former if it's a guy, and the latter if it's a girl.

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Discrimination =.=

debz said...

You know what they say about those who assume...

Vince said...

No, I don't know what they say.

debz said...

Well they say when you make an assumption, you tend to make an ass out of yourself and make others feel uncomfortable because of your comments. 'When you assume you make an ass of you and me'...Ass-u-me.

Bill said...

I have a similar confusion... I'm a Physics major, so to me, E&M has always been Electricity and Magnetism, ever since high school. However, my University has a major called Engineering and Management... still confuses me at times, after 3 years.

(Found your blog by Google and started reading about.)

Anonymous said...

its amazing how so many stereotype based on gender...It begins at birth when we buy pink for girls and blue for boys...From then on, we are programmed to "play" a certain role...

Anonymous said...

Poor Vince.

The comment-leavers here are super-sensitive!

I’m a woman, and I didn’t remotely take offense to your comment.

The fact is, Early Childhood Education is a female-dominated occupation. FACT. Acknowledging it isn’t a stereotype.

Besides that, you weren’t saying that Early Childhood Educators are always women, you simply suggested that to avoid confusion, when a guy posts ECE on a blog, he likely means the Electricity whatever doomihickey thingamabob that you mean when you use that acronym.

I’ll never understand why people will beat the crap out of people for a benign comment like that, and won’t even flinch at the fact that women make 73 cents on a dollar, or are socially ostracized for being single.

And here’s a thought – not acknowledging the fact that our genders pre-dispose us to strengths and weaknesses is to deny our individuality and awesomeness. I may not be able to do a majillion chin ups, but I can comfort the crap out of you when you’re sad and make the world’s best risotto. My partner is the most sensitive awesome person I know, but when there were dead birds on my front step, he was the man for the job.

And here’s a thought, if you are going to rail against the color gender cycle, then don’t get angry when I say that your daughter is very handsome. Seriously, babies look the same when they’re really tiny and if you name your kid something gender-neutral and dress it in green, how am I supposed to know if it’s a boy or a girl?

Kids toys are creepy – no argument here. They are very gender-biased and gross. The boys get to build crap and be superheros and spies and cops, and the girls are mommies and whores. Not good.

But Vince is not a misogynist. Come on, now. Considering all the examples above, you guys should just chill.

C’mon - hug it out.

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