Thursday, August 23, 2007

Girls Only Internet Access

For the past couple of days, I have been wandering around having adventures with my daughter while my husband does conference-things, and hence posting and comment moderation have been sporadic. For the past 2 days, my internet options seemed to be confined to smoke-filled storefronts with all computers continuously occupied by young men. I thought it might be interesting to post feminist women-in-science thoughts from one of these places, but I never got the chance at a computer.

At my current location, I read about an internet site with a 'girls only' room, and my daughter and I are very intrigued by this. From what I've seen of internet centers recently, I can see why such a room might be nice/necessary, but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet. For now, I have found another (expensive) option that is most convenient for the moment, and am scrambling to finish some reviews.


Notorious Ph.D. said...

When working in southern Europe, I found that the cheapest and most convenient internet access places were, as you describe, in cheap storefronts populated by young men, many of whom were smoking, and many of whom were engaged in pornographic online chats. It did make me uncomfortable, but it was either that, or pay five times as much at a cafe with paid wireless service.

It was kind of funny -- there were women in these places, but they were all on the other side of the room, in the pay-to-talk-long-distance phone cabinets. Odd.

EcoGeoFemme said...

I feel lucky because there are several nice coffee shops within walking distance of my home that have free wireless. I don't have internet at home, so these places are great. Good luck finding a better place.