Pink/blue scientific calculators

(79 Posts)
FairPhyllis Fri 18-Oct-13 13:15:59

I needed to buy a new scientific calculator today so I was looking on the Casio UK website and was flabbergasted to find that along with the bog standard grey/black ones you can also get ones in blue or pink (and in no other colours!). I then looked to see if they were available at WHSmith, to see if this a freak thing that isn't actually available at general retailers, and lo and behold WHSmith not only have them on their website, but actually do their own pink scientific calculator as well (but no blue).

Perhaps this is something you have encountered before if you are a parent but as I am not I was really shocked that it would occur to anyone to gender a scientific instrument.

And where does it stop? Pink instruments for science undergrads? Pink stethoscopes for medical doctors who are women? Do the women scientists at CERN go into a meltdown if things aren't coloured pink for them? (educated guess: I bet they fucking well don't)

Are girls and women now so utterly brainwashed by gender messages that the only way science can be made acceptable to them is by pinkwashing things? Or is it a sign of patriarchy's discomfort with women engaging with science that it feels it has to send them a message: 'we'll let you do this as long as you remember you're just a woman after all'?

BeCool Netherlands Mon 21-Oct-13 00:31:06

I saw a pink drill for sale in Lidl today. shock No other colours apart from standard black.

Bunbaker Mon 21-Oct-13 00:07:33

DD has a blue one.

My company sells calculators. I market them on the web, but I can honestly say that I don't pay any attention to the colour except to say what colour they are.

Disclaimer: We don't make them, we just sell them.

notanyanymore Sun 20-Oct-13 23:46:59

whether its pink, blue, grey, green what the fuck ever really doesn't matter. if you were posting that the pink calculator only worked up to a certain level (i.e you can 'add' and 'subtract') but nothing else (as its not relevant to a woman calculating the groceries and washing dishes...) i might agree but as it is your basically talking shit.

Hulababy Fri 18-Oct-13 23:29:02

My dd has one of these calculators. She is in Y7. She chose the blue one.
Just because pink exists doesn't mean a girl has to buy it.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 23:27:09

>Oh yes to high viz colours, what a brilliant idea! Sod the pink, day-glo orange is the way forward

for calculators....not binoculars though!

HalloweenDidi Fri 18-Oct-13 23:12:31

Oh yes to high viz colours, what a brilliant idea! Sod the pink, day-glo orange is the way forward.

KissesBreakingWave Fri 18-Oct-13 22:56:09

If they're going to get away from grey I want hi-viz colours. Can never put my hand on mine more than two seconds after I put it down, and the one on my phone is horrible to use.

EBearhug Fri 18-Oct-13 22:21:24

Oh, that worked, WhentheRed. That was far too many pink bibles, and I'm over the idea now.

WhentheRed Fri 18-Oct-13 22:15:15

A whole range of pink bibles, with the camo one on the third row:

www.eden.co.uk/pink-bibles/

HalloweenDidi Fri 18-Oct-13 22:03:36

I have 10 pink calculators that I lend out to pupils who forget to bring theirs to my lessons. I bought the pink ones because I want to be able to spot one of MY calculators disappearing into a pupil's schoolbag. Interestingly, in my classes, the girls don't want to use my pink ones so they bring their own all the time, the boys think my pink calculators are cool and seem to "forget" their own calculators more regularly.

I would have preferred red or green tbh, but my basic requirement was that it stood out from the ones most pupils have (the basic grey ones that we sell cheapish at school) and pink fulfilled that requirement.

Girls perform slightly better at Maths at GCSE at my school than boys do, and our A level classes have slightly more girls than boys as well. I do appreciate this may not be the case everywhere, but it has been in all the schools I've taught in. University Maths degrees tend to be roughly evenly split between the sexes, even though the stereotype is that Maths is a male subject. I don't see pink calculators changing that.

NoComet Fri 18-Oct-13 21:49:51

Unfortunately I fear the pink pipette filler would still get nicked. We had so few that worked the men would have got past the pinkness very quickly.

Also a pink calculator does just what a grey one does. The problem with kinder eggs and some happy meal promotions is the boys get a car that has play value and girls get some sort of doll or worse plastic jewellery that falls apart.

DDs were very scathing about a recent Lego promotion that did cars and planes clearly aimed at boys and a friends figure having a picnic for girls.

EBearhug Fri 18-Oct-13 21:47:36

If they did calculators in all colours of the rainbow, I'd probably want to buy them all, so I could line them up like the spectrum. They're clearly missing out on a marketing opportunity.

I do still want the pink camouflage bible, though. I have a collection of bibles from various forebears, and they're all black or dark blue or dark green or dark red, and a bit dull.

kim147 Fri 18-Oct-13 21:33:59

It's nice having different colours for calculators. A bit of individuality never hurts.

But like Kinder eggs etc, the colours they choose show absolutely no imagination.

I can hear the conversation. Let's do our products in different colours. People like different colours. What colours can you think of?

www.studentcalculators.co.uk/acatalog/FX85colours.gif

KaseyM Fri 18-Oct-13 21:30:20

How's this for having your head screwed up by the patriarchy....

I have that very Casio pink scientific calculator - when I first saw it on Amazon I was like angry WTF do they need a pink calculator?! Just another fucking pinkification of perfectly normal everyday stuff. I'm not buying that shit!! Then I was like hmm - but if I purposefully don't buy it because it's pink, am I not denigrating all things girly...??

.... so I bought it. blush

And that is how y friends is how the patriarchy gets inside your brain, twists everything around with its fucked up logic and leaves you dazed andconfused ....

WhentheRed Fri 18-Oct-13 20:55:46

I see the centrifuge is a mini one too, for our delicate hands and experiments.

kim147 Fri 18-Oct-13 20:51:03
ErrolTheDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 20:49:55

>a pink camouflage bible

so that would be useful when you're in need of divine inspiration while hiding in a feminine environment, would it? confused

EBearhug Fri 18-Oct-13 20:45:12

Wanna pink camouflage bible now.

WhentheRed Fri 18-Oct-13 20:43:10

Re the pink binoculars from the RSPB, on a trip last year I ended up in a massive hunting shop. In one of their sections I found a pink camouflage bible. I kid you not.

EBearhug Fri 18-Oct-13 20:24:06

I'm wondering if I should get some pink tinsel put up in the datacentre or something.

They did change the signs on the doors which said, "Take care! Men working behind doors!" It's no more safe if I'm the one who's been lifting floor tiles. I got an apology, too, which was more than I'd asked for or expected.

NoComet Fri 18-Oct-13 19:19:14

Actually, DD2 would claim that ownership of a pink calculator was taking a stand against the scientific indoctrination that she gets everyday.

BuffytheAppleBobber Fri 18-Oct-13 19:16:30

And, hearts are red. With blue veins. My symbolism is going all screwy.

BuffytheAppleBobber Fri 18-Oct-13 19:15:58

I will have to get Xander to bring me back grin

TheDoctrineOfSpike Fri 18-Oct-13 19:12:34

If you conclude with "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach," Buffy, I may have to summon Drusilla to drown you in the apple bobbing bucket.

grin

BuffytheAppleBobber Fri 18-Oct-13 19:07:06

Brains are pink, look

Or, don't look if you don't like actual gloopy images of brains grin

I conclude from this that brains are for women to use. Intestines are quite bluey. Therefore, digestion is an activity for men.

I'm not really sure where I'm going with this... thlwink

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