My friend Sara Marcus — whose definitive history of riot grrrl is now available for purchase! — interviews Wonder Years-star-turned-math-popularizer Danica McKellar in Salon. Good stuff. Basic question: if you sell math to junior-high-school girls by emphasizing the compatibility of math and shopping, are you mostly tearing down the stereotype that girls don’t like math, or are you mostly reinforcing the stereotype that girls like shopping?
Maybe you are just breaking down the assumption that math is incompatible with stereotypically female interests.
I like shopping.
[…] on the blog: Sara Marcus interviews McKellar. And on Terry’s blog, a nice explanation of McKellar’s work in statistical mechanics, […]