Id like to take a minute to expand upon my post from yesterday–
What I find odd about ‘Science Rock Stars’ is the way scientists and rock stars were awkwardly mashed together. Like mixing peanut butter and Twizzlers. They are both good independently, but unless youve got a real, obvious reason to mush them together, its weird.
I think it would make more sense, if one was deeply concerned about coolness, to utilize innate ‘cool’ aspects of scientists lives. As many pointed out in the comments, it would make more sense to interview scientists who were actual rock stars. Or if music was your theme, interview scientists who are also at least musicians. Utilize the benefits of online magazines to share clips of each scientist-musicians work. Lots of ways to take it!
If I were asked by an MMA magazine to do a ‘Scientist fighters’ spread, I would:
2– Whip up a Chun-Li costume
3– Start running to the shoot location. Fuck airplanes. Too slow.
THAT WOULD KICK ASS!! So many fight metaphors/analogies in science.
Thats almost certainly not going to happen. But some scientists/health care workers have gotten together to mesh their brains with their cool– Science Cheerleaders:
These professional cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers challenge stereotypes while helping to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
At the USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24 in D.C., these women will perform science-themed routines for thousands of people, conduct a free cheer clinic, and meet the public, sign their Science Cheerleader cards, and describe how they’ve bridged these two seemingly different worlds.
Awesome! Mixing their brains and their cool– exactly what I think is a practical approach to coolness, if you really want to go there.
These women are great– They were college athletes, in the sciences. Its hard enough missing classes for travel, but missing science classes and labs, and still keeping your grades up? Awesome. Wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. Wide variety of specialties, from NASA engineers to ER nurses. And what I think is most amazing– these women have professional careers on top of their professional careers. They were professional cheerleaders and professional scientists/clinicians. No effin way I would even think about being a professional fighter on top of being a professional scientist. But these women have done it, and they are using their experiences to encourage young ones to go into science. YAY!
No ‘YAY!’ if youre a bitter, hateful, spiteful she-beast humans call ‘Zuska’.
ZuskAIDS took a very reasonable post by Sci, which I absolutely agree with, and turned it into a
disgusting, offensive, sexist, racist pile of shit feminist masterpiece.
As I understand it from reading Andrea Kuszewski’s post, cheerleaders are there to support the team.
‘As you understand it’? What? Cheerleaders as ‘supporting the team’ only hasnt been the case for decades. Decades. Cheerleaders are their own sport:
They are rocket-fueled gymnasts, of both genders.
But no, by all means, Feminist Zuska, degrade their sport by saying they just ‘do stunts to draw attention of the crowd to the team’.
They are typically attractive… If one has no problem with being a sex object in the first place, then it hardly matters if one is also intelligent.
Feminist Zuska has no problem degrading people for their ‘attractive’ looks, but also has no problem bitching about being discriminated against for her appearance. In Zuskas little brain, you cannot be smart and pretty. Or if youre pretty, your brains ‘hardly matter’. GIRL POWER!
All girls love cheerleaders, unless they are (a) ugly hairy legged feminazis who can’t get laid, (b) ugly hairy legged feminazi lesbian bulldyke ballcrushers, or (c) ugly sad pathetic uncoordinated wannabes who didn’t make cheerleader in high school.
Im sorry, I must have missed the bit of the Science Cheerleaders clips where they talk about their sexuality. How, exactly, does one *know* that all of the women on the Science Cheer squad are not lesbians? I like make up, and I like fighting, what is my sexual preference, Zuska? I mean, I dont think its physically possible to be more offensive and degrading of ‘fellow’ women (lol, just wait a sec, she actually tops this).
Dude Nation will still want to fuck you up the ass!
Im sorry, I fail to see what is ‘wrong’ with anal sex, nor do I see what it has to do with the topic of cheerleaders who love science. But Zuska cant miss an opportunity to voice her disdain for sex, so, there you go.
Hey, you remember yesterday, when I said:
Unlike Mooneytits, however, I am not going to demand GQ stop doing their ‘Rock Stars of Science’ spreads because they are ‘hurting the cause’ and ‘doing damage’ or whatever other stupid shit regularly escapes Tits pearly white teeth. I think the campaign is silly, but I also think every little bit helps. If one kid (who reads GQ?) is inspired by these images, then its worth it.
Not the oh-so-civil ZuskAIDS! She wants everyone who doenst conform to her stereotypes to SHUT UP!!!
Let’s say the Science Cheerleaders do keep one girl in advanced science or math classes, but make three other girls feel like they have to pornulate themselves in order to be 21st Century Fembot Compliant While Doing Science, and make five d00ds feel like it is perfectly okay to hang up soft porn pictures of sexay hawt babes in the lab and harass some colleague because hawt science women WANT to be appreciated for being sexay and smart!
Once again, women cannot be attractive and smart in Zuskas world. Women cannot enjoy being cheerleaders. Women cannot enjoy sex. NEWSFLASH, HAG– Making women feel like they have to change themselves to appease a stereotype, whether its TEH D00DS or YOURS is BULLSHIT. Girls/Boys who want to cheer and go into science SHOULDNT be degraded anymore than girls/boys who DONT want to cheer and go into science.
SO STOP DEGRADING THE ONES THAT DONT FOLLOW YOUR STEREOTYPES.
At K-State we ran a science camp for middle school girls.
If ZuskAIDS gets one girl to get interested in science, but 3 girls are turned off because they get bitched out for liking sports or video games or boys or skirts, is it worth it?
Science Cheerleaders is, at the very best, an outreach program for already-privileged girls who are already interested in science/engineering but who are afraid it will make them look like fat lesbians.
Once again, we get Zuskas heteronormative, homophobia, masked as ‘feminism’, but now with added racism! Half the fucking women on the Science Cheer Squad are women of color. Look at the rainbow of little girls getting excited about science at the USA Engineering Festival. Is ZuskAIDS a big Glenn Beck fan, now? Them colored folks, gettin all the privilege in this country, amirite??
God DAMMIT I am glad we got that piece of shit off SciBlogs.