I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.
Excited to find this new Tumblr: Gender and Science. An important subject, and a great blog to celebrate and inspire.
“The fascination of any search after truth lies not in the attainment, which at best is found to be very relative, but in the pursuit, where all the powers of the mind and character are brought into play and are absorbed in the task. One feels oneself in contact with something that is infinite and one finds a joy that is beyond expression in ‘sounding the abyss of science’ and the secrets of the infinite mind.”
- Florence Bascom
An analysis of the published research done by scientists in New Zealand asked whether the widespread belief that PMS was linked to bad moods had any scientific validity whatsoever:
“…these studies failed to provide clear evidence in support of the existence of a specific premenstrual negative mood syndrome in the general population. This puzzlingly widespread belief needs challenging, as it perpetuates negative concepts linking female reproduction with negative emotionality.”
Welp, there ya go. Looks like society just assumed this was going on for the past couple hundred years since they fear the lady parts.
We can do better. We must do better.
The share of doctorate degrees awarded to U.S. women continues to grow in all fields. There’s lots of work to be done in physical sciences and engineering, but these are great trends. Maybe not steep enough, but hey … academia is made of molasses.
Science sells itself. It needs no polish or varnish or manufactured appeal to be attractive to women. To imply otherwise is an insult. To science and to women.
Science: It’s a Girl Thing! But what the hell does that even mean?
EDIT: Looks like these folks took the original video down due to the backlash. You can view an excerpt and more reactions here at Knight Science Journalism Tracker.
An EU effort to get more young women interested in science produced this promotional video … and I have no idea what message it’s supposed to convey.
Want to be a scientist? Everything we do pretty much has a link to makeup, or dancing fabulously! Watch us distract the silly boy scientist!
I’m not the only one who doesn’t particularly like it. Personally, I don’t think you get women involved in science by creating ridiculously unobtainable images for them to emulate. You let them connect with real women, who they can respect and identify with.
Like this, which is from the same people who did the above, and makes me wonder what they were smoking when they approved that video.