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The actress who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar, is a self-proclaimed math advocate for girls who might otherwise shy away from a subject that Barbie once famously described as "hard."
Graduating summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics, McKellar is also co-author of a published proof. She has testified before Congress on math education and served as a substitute teacher.
I had done quite a bit of research about math education when I spoke before Congress in 2000 about the importance of women in mathematics. The session of Congress was all about raising more scholarships for girls (in math) in college. I told them I felt that it's too late by (the time they get to) college. If you look the stats, girls start losing interest in math and grades start dropping in middle school. That's where you have to put the money.
So (I told) Laura Nolan I want to help middle-school girls stay interested in math and be good at it, and see it as friendly and accessible and not this scary thing. Everyone else in society tells them it's not for them. It's for nerdy white guys with pocket protectors. This is how 75 percent of all science is depicted on television.
The message they're getting instead is: It's really cool to be dumb. Look at Jessica Simpson. She's famous for being dumb. I guess it started with Marylyn Monroe, and she actually wasn't that dumb, but that's how she was perceived -- and that's what got popular.
Mattel got a lot of flack for its talking Barbie doll which said "Math is hard." I wanted to reprogram the voice chips to say "Partial differential equations with Neumann boundary conditions are hard." It's not that I completely disagreed with Mattel, I just thought Barbie should have been more specific. Imagine the conversations: "Mommy, what's a Neumann boundary condition?" "Well you see dear, that's when you fix the value of the derivative on the boundary curve." But then, I've been working on nerd propaganda for decades.
It was bound to happen someday: the Kardashian sisters all derobed for a joint lingerie shoot (after Kourtney gave Khloe that bikini wax, we figured some sisterly stripping wasn't too far off).
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian modeled pieces of their new Kardashian Kollection for Sears. The intimates are just a fraction of the line's offerings, which include apparel, shoes, bags, jewelry, belts and sunglasses.
Surprisingly, the sexy pics were shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, known these days for her serious Louis Vuitton ads and Vanity Fair spreads (including a controversial shoot with nearly-naked Miley Cyrus).
G-rated princess Miley Cyrus and Disney are fuming over the Hannah Montana star's R-rated photo spread in Vanity Fair, blasting the magazine for exploiting an underage girl to sell copies.
The 15-year-old, who plays kid-friendly Hannah on the Disney Channel is stunned by the topless shots taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," Miley said in a statement.
Originally posted by caladonea
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
Yes...I agree with you...many people are jealous of these wonderful, successful young women. I really don't completely understand why people hate them either.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by caladonea
I agree. I think all the girls are good role models, actually. They are business women who are independent and beautiful and fun. They have a brand under which they sell perfume, clothes, styling and several TV shows.
They are a wonderful example of the American Dream. I don't know why people hate them, though... They're TV stars. Jealousy is the only motivation I can see for hating these girls.
I'm tempted to buy the dolls!
Originally posted by Afterthought
reply to post by rigel4
None of your business!
No, butt seriously. To answer your question, I've got boobs but no butt.
Being 4'7", I'm surprised I don't tip over, but I'll always like my little butt.
To Afterthought- good posts by you. Thanks for bringing up Danika McKeller
Every one on here is always saying "Pictures or it did not happen".
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I don't know why people hate them .... Jealousy is the only motivation I can see for hating these girls.