Bugs Are For Girls
⭕ After a mother of a young girl contacted the Entomological Society of Canada looking for help and guidance for her insect-loving daughter who was being teased by her classmates, her story went viral on Twitter, and she received support from around the world.
— Ent Soc of Canada (@CanEntomologist) 25 August 2016
⭕ Nobody should be bullied for their love of bugs, especially a young girl! I support #BugsR4Girls Women in science need support from an early age. Let’s let them know that. I loved playing with insects when I was little! I was always trying to keep Grasshoppers and Snails as pets haha
⭕ Bugs are for girls too! By telling young women and girls that it is okay and fun to like bugs, we are breaking down gender expectations which help both boys and girls enjoy science. Every entomologist should support this, proving that entomology is for everyone, people are sharing their inspirations and passions on the #BugsR4Girls hashtag. Ever doubted that Bugs are for girls too? Just check out the amazing responses to a young girl’s wish for a bug pen pal! She gets an army! #BugsR4Girls
Some Useful Vocabulary:
Don’t bug out! Entomology is the study of insects, but etymology is the study of words. They sound similar and both end in -logy, which means “the study of,” but don’t mix them up unless you like completely confusing people.
Entomology: is the study of insects. If you want to know all about ants, roaches, scorpions, and skeeters, entomology is for you. From the Greek word for “knowledge,” the suffix -logy literally means “the study of,” and you see it often. Theology is the study of divine beings, anthropology is the study of human cultures, psychology is the study of the mind. Add the Greek prefix entomb, for insect, and you have the branch of biology that focuses on bugs.
Entomologist: If you are crazy about spiders, ants, beetles, and other creepy-crawlies, you might aspire to be an entomologist someday — a scientist who studies insects. An entomologist is a specific type of zoologist, or animal scientist. While other zoologists might focus on mammals or reptiles, entomologists are fascinated with the most prolific organisms on earth — insects. Some entomologists classify and study species, while others are certified to be pest control experts, helping people battle bugs like cockroaches and termites in their homes.
Entomophile: From entomo- + -phile; hence literally “insect-loving”.
Bug: A bug is an insect. You might refuse to go camping because of your intense dislike for bugs. Bug can also be a verb meaning “annoy.” Most likely, bugs bug you. There are bugs you can see, like bees, and bugs that are much smaller, like viruses and bacteria. If you get one of these microscopic bugs, it means you’re sick.
#BugsR4Girls absolutely they are, bugs are for everyone and if you’re passionate about them, then go study bugs! There’s no need to excuse a poor behaviour, don’t let anyone pick on you! Bullies need boundaries and you need to set them. Together we are stronger when it comes to increasing awareness and support for a noble cause. You can add your example of showing your support by using the hashtag #BugsR4Girls or you can share the whole story with others.
Do bugs bug you?
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