The Dark Side of Girl Scouts

Dear Friends.  Posted on February 19, 1017 was a blog on Girl Scout Cookies: the history, profits for the girl scouts, the joy of selling, etc.

But now a DARK SIDE has to come to light.

Why Girl Scouts Need Badges for Cybersecurity

Over the last few decades, the number of women in computing has dwindled.

Toxic masculinity steeps the industry. As the Atlantic notes, women overwhelmingly drop out of tech because of workplace conditions, which include feeling undermined by their managers.

Since the 1980s, we’ve also raised boys to care more about computers than girls. And non-binary kids rarely get a place in this discussion.

But the Girl Scouts are working against that culture by offering new badges for cybersecurity.

Starting in 2018, girls can earn badges to show that they’ve mastered skills like coding, data privacy and ethical hacking.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the world will be short 3.5 million cybersecurity experts by 2021. The Girl Scouts aim to help eliminate that deficit, as well as advance gender equity in STEM.

Less than 20 percent of those in computing work overall are women. Women of color fall even further behind, facing long-term oppression and rampant stereotypes.

And the sexism in tech is undeniable.

Six in 10 female Silicon Valley veterans say they’ve received unwanted sexual advances. Furthermore, investors are more likely to bankroll companies when men, not women, pitch them.

The Girl Scouts won’t overcome this discrimination alone, but at least they’re doing their part to reach girls at a key age.

According to Accenture and Girls Who Code research, girls’ interest in coding peaks in middle school. Thinking that coding is “for girls” and having an inspiring teacher — especially a woman — are key.

“I think for girls, you cannot be what you cannot see,” CEO and founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani tells U.S. News & World Report. “And so when they have positive role models teaching them computer science, talking about the pioneers of computer science..the impossible seems possible, and they then can imagine a place in that field for themselves.”

Teaching girls about cybersecurity has other benefits, too. After all, these lessons prepare them for today’s world.




Source: Care2

Medical Experts say Netflix film TO THE BONE glamorizes anorexia

According to The Guardian

Mental health experts have said a Netflix trailer for a film about a teenage girl with anorexia could trigger psychological issues for sufferers and should come with a warning.

To the Bone, to be released in July, tells the story of 20-year-old Ellen, who struggles with anorexia and enters a group recovery home for help. But while its director says the film is intended as “a conversation starter about an issue that is too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions”, critics say the film risks glamourising and trivialising anorexia.

FACT:  About 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, and 11% of these people are male. Additionally, about one in 100 women aged between 15 and 30 are affected by anorexia.

Resignation Syndrome or Uppgivenbetssynzrom

WHY are refugee children falling unconscious?

It’s the result of Resignation Syndrome or Uppgivenbetssynzrom.

This syndrome exists in Sweden and ONLY among refugees.  The patients seem to have lost the will to live.

“They are like Snow White,” a doctor said “They just fall away from the world.”

To find out more about Resignation Syndrome read The New Yorker, article, “The Apathetic” by Rachel Aviv.  (April 3, 2017 issue)