So I’m cruising about Scienceblogs to catch up on my Sciblings and I come across this on Aetiology:
Not sure whether to be more irked that Razib suggests that smart women aren’t hot (and vice versa), that hot women don’t like sci fi, or than sci fi somehow denotes intelligence. Booooooooo.
While razib tells her to “focus on the science fiction part. not the intelligence,” I agree with Shelley’s later comment that who cares exactly whether he was talking about SciFi or intelligence–the idea that, because one is female and “hot,” one therefore cannot be a certain way or like a certain thing is just stupid.
Allow me to declare, officially, that razib has his head so far up his ass he can see his stomach.
According to the razib school of female biology, our innate womanly natures keep us pretty little things from being interested in such stuff as science fiction. You know, that’s just more than we can worry our pretty little heads about.
Unless, of course, we are ugly (according to razib’s standards), in which case we are intelligent, and able to appreciate the intricacies of science fiction.
This poses an interesting question: How do you look if you are actually intelligent enough to write top-notch science fiction, like, say, Ursula K. Le Guin? In the razib biological universe, does this mean you must never show your hideously malformed face in public?
What if you didn’t like science fiction in your teens, but acquired a taste for it in your twenties? Would you suddently become uglier?
If you answered “yes” to this latter question, then welcome to the world of adolescent male engineers. In Talking About Leaving, Seymour and Hewitt interviewed male engineering students about their attitudes toward their female classmates. The male engineers expressed the opinion that female engineering students were uglier than females who were not engineering students. They had several theories for why this was so.
- They were just uglier – the uglier women are the ones who went into engineering.
- They became uglier after they became engineers because they neglected their appearance.
- They were lesbians. And we all know, lesbians are ugly.
Yes. It was just that bad. And razib is no better. These are the stupid kinds of stereotypes that contribute to keeping women out of science and engineering, making them feel like they are freaks or there is something wrong with them for having an interest in science and engineering, making other people think they are odd for such interests or making other people less likely to encourage and nurture such interests in them when they do express them. Promulgating the kind of tripe razib put out on his blog is poisonous because it feeds other people’s noxious stereotypes and contributes to making them think it’s okay to believe all the really terrible stereotypes about women that they hold – and act on.
Razib, your stupid-ass nonsensical ramblings about women and intelligence and beauty are so offensive, so juvenile, so incredibly stupid, that I can hardly believe they came out of a Scienceblogger’s mouth. I DON’T EXPECT TO HAVE TO DO DAILY MORON MANAGEMENT IN MY OWN BACKYARD!!!!!!!! I regret to inform you that when we finally meet in person, I will be obliged to puke heartily upon your shoes.