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      What I find odd about this book is that it doesn’t really seem to have much to do with what computer engineering really entails. I don’t expect a children’s book to go into great detail, but for a series that’s apparently about exploring different careers, you’d think it’d be a little more true-to-life. As it is, it’s kind of like writing a book about Barbie wanting to be a vet where all she does is take Skipper’s dog for a walk. And the thing is, having ideas for games or liking the idea of computers isn’t really enough to know if computer engineering would be a good fit for you. I’m all for encouraging kids to follow their dreams, but I’ve also seen college students who had abysmal math skills try to major in engineering and get bogged down by the number of classes they would need to take to even get to the point where they could complete their freshman year. If you’re going to try to encourage girls to enter STEM fields, part of that should be supporting their efforts in math and science classes and encouraging them to take more classes in those subjects. If Barbie had decided to take calculus and an introductory programming class, that would have been a lot more realistic and encouraging than having her just decide she could become an engineer because she came up with an idea for a game.

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      Hmm. Maybe this would make more sense in the context of the rest of the novel. I can see how this excerpt is about the narrator learning about death, but aside from some recurring motifs, I don’t really see much here about how the experiences change the narrator’s belief in God. I also have a bit of a hard time imagining all this stuff happening in the same day. Again, maybe it would feel more natural in the context of the whole book.

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      I don’t think people assume that nobody can tell. It’s just that people with smaller breasts are more likely to feel physically comfortable without something to support their chest. The larger your breasts, the more uncomfortable it can be not to have something supporting them. Choosing not to go bra-less because you’re uncomfortable with people being able to tell you’re not wearing something is understandable, but different than being unable to do so.

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      Bisexuality is more of a spectrum. Not all bisexuals are equally attracted to all genders, or are equally interested in having a relationship with anyone. If your attraction to women is a major enough thing for you that you consider it a part of your sexuality, you can consider yourself bisexual. You don’t have to go out of your way to date or sleep with a woman.

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      If you would do those things for other men, then it’s not sexist. I don’t think most men who open doors for women or insist on paying have sexist intentions, but the fact that they were taught that they need to do those things for women (but not other men) is sexist. It’s also sexist when men refuse to pay attention to a woman’s wishes. I’m not female, but often have people assume I am in public. It’s annoying when I’m not ready to enter a building yet but some strange dude is standing there with the door open, waiting for me.

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