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This Commercial About Teaching Girls Science Has No Right Making Us Feel These Feelings

Verizon’s new #InspireHerMind campaign wants to point out the importance of teaching young girls about STEM. To do that, they put out this commercial about how deeply ingrained gender expectations influence the way we raise our children, which in turn influences what they become interested in when they grow up–and not necessarily for the better. Geez, Verizon, heartbreaking much?

While I’m not sure that I’m all that happy with the big sad ~reveal~ of the commercial (lipgloss doesn’t always have to be the villain, guys!), the message is definitely worth examining. As it says at the end of the video, 66% of fourth grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18% of college-aged women end up majoring in STEM programs. One commercial might not be able to bridge that gap, but the more we talk about it, hopefully the more we’ll be able to overcome it as a community.

The Verizon #InspireHerMind site has some suggestions for ways to get your kids into science and math, if you’re so inclined. Which, you know, you should be. Science is awesome.

(via Katie Schenkel on Twitter)

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Messages about Women's Empowerment in Advertisements are Not Progress

The Pantene sorry ad, the Verizon ad about women and girls in science, Dove’s Real Beauty campaign.

What do all of these things have in common? 

They are using women’s empowerment to sell a product, often times a product that is directly linked to women’s oppression. This is not progressive. This is not progress. This is capitalism selling us a product using our own words, ideas, and movements. 

Notice that known of these “empowering” advertisements are the least bit controversial. They say things like “All women are beautiful” not “Beauty is a social construct created to oppress women”. “Stop apologizing for who you are” instead of “Society teaches women to apologize because it makes them more submissive to men”. 

Advertisements are not progressive. Capitalism is not progressive. 

Now if I see one more gif set or video about women’s empowerment that comes from an ad, I might explode. 

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Verizon: “Inspire Her Mind” 2014 Commercial.

This commercial is SO important. My jaw literally dropped towards the end. Thank you, Verizon, for taking a stand.

NETFLIX talks s**t about VERIZON streaming quality. VERIZON files cease & desist.

OHHH, get your fucking POPCORN. There’s a pretty awesome MEGA-COMPANY slap fight going on right now. Earlier this week (I didn’t cover it I’m fucking sorry!) it was revealed that Netflix had trotted out a pretty awesome function. When Verizon was providing really fucking shitty streaming quality, The Flix would tell you. Like — don’t blame us, blame Verizon. Now a BUTT HURT VERIZON has filed a cease and desist.

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"If it wasn’t for net neutrality, he’d have robot legs by now." — Verizon, basically

5 Bullshit Lies Cable Companies Are Feeding You Right Now

#5. “Disabled People Need Us to Kill Net Neutrality!”

According to [Verizon], the blind, the deaf, and other people with disabilities need faster Internet because of their particular needs, and what’s the easiest way to make sure they get it? Yes, giving greedy companies the ability to decide which sites can go fast and which ones will slow to a crawl, obviously. … This argument about protecting the rights of the disabled surprised a lot of people … including the disabled. Mark Perriello, the president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (and someone who is partially blind), told Mother Jones that he’d never heard about the idea that he was somehow getting fucked over by the free Internet. He also said it was rather “convenient” that the best way to help disabled people is to let cable companies earn enough money to become Game of Thrones-powered supervillains.

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Verizon FiOS customer posts video that proves they throttle Netflix

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It’s been an ongoing debate for months, with each side pointing the finger at the other side. The issue? Verizon customers watching Netflix with slow playback speeds. The crux of the issue is that when streaming Netflix using Verizon, the speeds seem to be slower than normal causing buffering and a poor viewing experience.

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"I promised my kids they could have friends if they froze doing labor for me." — a cool dad?

5 TV Commercials That Accidentally Made Life Look Depressing

#5. Verizon’s Friends & Family Share Plan

The family in this commercial has completely fallen apart. First of all, a jacket hastily thrown over what appears to be a tank top made out of one-ply toilet paper is not the proper attire for “freezing” weather, as the dad described it. But the kids don’t give a fuck, because every second wasted putting on more clothing is another second spent not talking on the phone to their friends, the only people in their lives who truly matter to them. 

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"what girls hear when you tell them they’re pretty"

GOOD. THIS IS GOOD.

Report: Verizon Claimed Public Utility Status To Get Government Perks

"Research for the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) has been released which details 'how Verizon deliberately moves back and forth between regulatory regimes, classifying its infrastructure either like a heavily regulated telephone network or a deregulated information service depending on its needs. The chicanery has allowed Verizon to raise telephone rates, all the while missing commitments for high-speed internet deployment’ (PDF). In short, Verizon pushed for the government to give it common carrier privileges under Title II in order to build out its fiber network with tax-payer money. Result: increased service rates on telephone users to subsidize Verizon’s ‘infrastructure investment.’ When it comes to regulations on Verizon’s fiber network, however, Verizon has been pushing the government to classify its services as that of information only — i.e., beyond Title II. Verizon has made about $4.4 billion in additional revenue in New York City alone, ‘money that’s funneled directly from a Title II service to an array of services that currently lie beyond Title II’s reach.’ And it’s all legal. An attorney at advocacy group Public Knowledge said it best: ‘To expect that you can come in and use public infrastructure and funds to build a network and then be free of any regulation is absurd….When Verizon itself is describing these activities as a Title II common carrier, how can the FCC look at broadband internet and continue acting as though it’s not a telecommunication network?’”

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Mädchen interessieren sich von Natur aus nicht für Naturwissenschaften? Dieser gelungene Spot von Verizon zeigt, wo das wahre Problem hinter dieser Aussage liegt.

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Our words can have a huge impact. Isn’t it time we told her she’s pretty brilliant too? Encourage her love of science and technology and inspire her to change the world.

— Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code.

This new video from Verizon is part of their campaign to get more girls interested in science and technology fields. Learn more via Verizon.

Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with buffering and low-definition pictures. So Nederkoorn decided to measure the speed of his connection. What he found was that when he was streaming Netflix he was getting speeds of just 375kbps, or 0.5 percent of what he was paying for.

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