Bitch, Issue 57 (Winter 2013)

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military Steals: The military's new curiosity in STEM education
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||| at the Wall—A rediscovered artist takes on gender and space

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::: part the Story—When will Western documentaries discover they're utilizing the incorrect lens?

::: The Audacity of Home—POOR Magazine's new paradigm of place

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\\\ Canadian Gothic—Jen and Sylvia Soska's scary-fast ascent

\\\ Hardcore Persona—An excerpt from What Are You Doing right here? A Black Woman's existence and Liberation in Heavy Metal
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But recently, some girls-only stem programs have gone beyond fostering interest in science and math among the next generation of women. Branches of the U. S. military—in particular, the Navy—have increasingly been using these programs to market the military to girls as young as 11 and 12. Founded in 1974, Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) organizes dozens of stem conferences for middle- and high-school girls each year. According to its website, the EYH “recently had the opportunity to partner with the Navy and learn about careers where young women are underrepresented. ” They give girls the following pitch: “You probably never gave much thought to having a career with the United States Navy. Many girls don’t. … We want to introduce you to several inspiring professional women who are currently active in the Navy and serve on aircraft carriers, who serve as Navy divers, or who serve in other interesting Navy careers. ” Accompanying the text is a handy-dandy link to the Navy’s recruiting website. Although details of the partnership were hard to come by (EYH’s interim executive director, Sheryl Bize-Boutte, said she’d Air raid: A scene from flight university. have to check with the Offi ce of Naval Research before granting an interview), one can divine a possible sign of Navy infl uence in the location of one of this year’s EYH conferences—the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. “Because this program is at the Naval Postgraduate School, some of the workshops will focus on cool Navy careers,” boasts the conference website. Many of the workshop presenters are on the Navy payroll and teach topics like cryptology. And on the local level, singlesex stem camps oft en seem like military recruitment lite. One prominent example is the Pacifi c Aviation Museum’s Flight School for Girls at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. According to its website, the three-day fl ight program gives girls in grades 6–8 a chance to learn scientifi c principles of fl ight through demonstrations and experiments. In addition to classroom instruction led by museum educators and a historical interpreter dressed as Amelia Earhart, there’s a day set aside for horsing around with military hardware, donning fl ight suits, trying out a cool P-40 Warhawk fl ight simulator, and—wait for Your buy of this electronic version permits us to thrive. it—meeting “women in aviation careers. ” Who are these latterday Earharts? None other than Navy pilots, and judging by the photos from recent fl ight-school sessions posted on the museum’s website, they appear to have been given ample time to talk with small groups of girls about stem opportunities in the Navy. Military support for singlesex stem camps can be seen as the latest iteration of an ongoing eff ort to expand the military’s all-volunteer recruiting base. First, by promoting “cool Navy careers” in areas where young women may be underrepresented (like stem fi elds), these military partnerships are engaging with what anthropologist Hugh Gusterson calls “feminist militarism”—the complex of cultural attitudes that convey that women can overcome second-class citizenship by serving in the military.

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