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Please Don’t Disturb My Complacency!

Sooooo….it appears some of you take your comics quite seriously. At least, should one be so foolish as to point out painfully obvious, boringly everyday occurrences of sexism. Danimal asks of Comrade Physioprof: “So you are saying the comic reflects real life?” What Physioprof said is this: “Every single one of the Foxtrots themselves represents…

I love the comic pages in the newspaper. Some of them are just mildly amusing, but some are bitingly funny and offer real social satire (Pearls Before Swine comes to mind here, as does Non Sequitur). But I was definitely not amused this past weekend when I read the April 19 strip of Foxtrot. In…

Dang, That Makes Me Mad

I love being part of ScienceBlogs. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of my Sciblings in person by now and have generally found them to be wonderful people. Readers, I like them! Except. I really don’t like the trash one of my Sciblings has been flinging around lately. Sooooo not cool. Details over at Isis’s…

Normative Heterosexuality In ScienceLand

Female Science Professor has a great Q&A post, So They Had To Hire A Woman. Here’s a sample: Question: So you’re going to get a Ph.D.? Couldn’t you find anyone to marry you? Answer 1: Why would I want to get married when so many men are just like you? Answer 2: That’s right, and…

Selling Your Blog With Cheesecake

I don’t think this is what Dave Munger had in mind when he recommended using graphics in your blog posts, at the NC Science Blogging Conference. For the last two weeks, this post has been one of the top 3 posts on Scienceblogs – the number one post last week. This is the kind of…

I’ve written in the recent past about why Jim Watson is bad for science, especially the perception non-scientists get of science as a result of his pseudo-scientific racist natterings. I analyzed the reactions within the scientific community to the recent Watson imbroglio. It’s far past time for me to speak up about how Watson’s mess…

Really. I am not making this up. As quoted in The Guardian: He smiles. “Rosalind is my cross,” he says slowly. “I’ll bear it. I think she was partially autistic.” He pauses for a while, before repeating the suggestion, as if to make it clear that this is no off-the-cuff insult, but a considered diagnosis.…

Scholarships for “Special” People

Saw this over at The Chem Blog. Couldn’t help offering my own spin on it. Chem Blog needs some serious shoe-puking. I recommend you read the original, then my version. It will be more fun that way.

The Authorities: Always Looking Out For Women

So I’m skimming along in Google Reader, thinking it’s the year 2007, when whoa! I happen upon this post by Female Science Professor. Did he actually call her “science lady”? WTF? What millennium are we living in? And this is the kind of response you get from the authorities when you are calling about a…

Mosquito Men

Female Science Professor works with Professor Troll. Perhaps many of you have a similar colleague or acquaintance. What do you do when you constantly have to rub shoulders with Professor Troll’s ilk? Like mosquitoes in summer, they buzz around strong, intelligent women, unable to stay away, compelled to bite with the little meanness of remarks…