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Men [Sick]

Have you read the Nature editorial? Have you read my earlier post about it? Maybe what you are wanting is a deeper textual analysis of the editorial itself. You’ve come to the right place. Men [sick] Our 1869 mission statement is out of date. That’s what the bitchy, complaining women are making us say. It…

By way of the daily Chronicle of Higher Education, I learned that Nature has made a quantum leap into the…well…sort of into the early part of the 20th century. In an editorial published online this afternoon, the journal announced that it would amend its mission statement, which appears each week next to its table of…

A Modest Proposal: Remember The Men

Absinthe has an announcement on her blog about a new online support group for junior female particle physicists. There is a new online discussion group aimed at junior female particle physicists (up to and including the postdoctoral level). The group allows junior females to talk openly and anonymously with other junior female particle physicists from…

But She’s So Cute!

I’ve been doing some reading over at Twisty’s place this afternoon, and, you know, it’s the usual patriarchy-blaming that helps raise your blood pressure. I do admire Twisty’s way with a phrase. Then I came across this post. And it was more than the blood pressure; I wanted to scream in frustration and anger. A…

Ashley Likes Science! But Not Isabella

When I lived in North Carolina, I got to know a woman who worked in one of the Research Triangle labs. She had a baby girl, and I occasionally baby-sat for her. She had named her daughter Melina, which I thought was an incredibly beautiful name for a little girl. I remarked upon this one…

An Update

For those who may be interested, I have written an addendum to the infamous “I Support Gender Equity in Principle…” post. The very ugly comments thread on that post is now closed. You’ll notice you can’t post comments here either. I’m doing this for my mental health. It’s either this, or all gardening and no…

UPDATE: I have appended some text to this post at the end. I have closed the comments on this post because they have become so unpleasant all around and I don’t think further dialogue here is serving any positive purpose. If you disagree with me, I’m sorry. I’m also sorry I didn’t do this a…

N.B.: Nature Physics (3, 363; 2007) has an editorial on a recent American Physical Society workshop, Gender Equity: Strengthening the Physics Enterprise in Universities and National Laboratories. This post is based** on that editorial, which is behind a paywall; you can read part of it here. So, the American Physical Society had a gender equity…

I would not have believed this would be possible in 2007, and yet, here it is. CBS is bringing to your television, this fall, a series so full of stereotypes, so dazzingly stupid, so ridiculously puerile, that it must surely offend the sensibilities of everyone in science. I am talking about “The Big Bang Theory“.…

Bora pointed me to a post at The Phineas Gage Fan Club about an undergraduate student in Sweden who has been rather severely punished by her university for appearing naked in the pages of a “lad mag”. The department demanded that the student attend psychotherapy with a member of faculty, and that she apologise in…