"Girls being kept out of the sciences and pushed into the humanities; the humanities being valued less in our society than the sciences;... "
This sentence is weird and I want to know why. I noticed "being" has no helping verb. The semicolons delineate subjects; it reads like a list.
My questions: What is the structure? Is this passive? What is the verb tense? Is there an object? Why is this terrible? Thank you.
Here is the full quote:
Girls being kept out of the sciences and pushed into the humanities; the humanities being valued less in our society than the sciences; and the humanities and sciences being looked at as stark opposites that couldn’t possibly be enjoyed for the same reasons
are all problems that need to in some degree be tackled together.
All the "beings" stick out to me, as do the excessive semicolons. The transition from the final "being" into the "couldn't possible be" is strange, (is there a tense switch?), and then it ends weakly.