Since the Perils of blogging as a woman under a real name panel at ScienceOnline 2011 there's been quite a bit of commentary floating around the science blogosphere about how women are represented within that community.
The perils women sciencebloggers face are not that different than those we face in the real world... though the exposure of the internet can occasionally make it less safe. And the risks that women avoid out in the world, are not unlike those we avoid in the blogosphere. That was one of many important conclusions made in the panel Sheril Kirshenbaum, Anne Jefferson, Joanne Manaster and I ran for the Sunday midday panel entitled "Perils of blogging as a woman under a real name." I believe Sheril was the one who first suggested the topic.
This panel ended up being a great experience, for several reasons. First, leading up to the session, I had the opportunity to meet with other women at the conference and discuss the topic. I found myself in large, women-only groups on a number of occasions (though I just realized, this happens to me a lot at academic conferences too: I think I avoid schmoozing with men more than I realize, a point I will return to later). Each time, I brought up the panel to hear what they had to say, and they made beautiful points, expressed legitimate frustrations, shared both good stories and horrible ones, and in general kicked ass. There were some seriously smart and savvy women at Science Online 2011.
I think the extended discussion across a whole range of blogs is interesting and valuable and well worth reading beyond the science blogosophere.
I've picked up as many of the posts as I could find, most of them from Kate Clancy's post. Thanks, Kate!
- The women scienceblogging revolution
- Science Online 2011: Even when we want something, we need to hide it. and Neuron Culture repost
- Women who write about science
- I've never been very good at hiding
- Sex in the Blogosphere
- Raison d'etre of the female undergraduate primatology blogger.
- Hidden Women, Hidden Writers
- Just ask
- Self-promotion tour 2011
- Hey You Men Who Yell "Nice Tits": STFU
- Linky Linky...blogging and doing science while female.
- Why scientists (should) blog
- How I cannot fight sexism because I am afraid of men
- Women and Science Blogging
- Why are female science writers invisible?
- Where are the female science bloggers?
- Let's talk about sex (in science)
- Celebrating female science bloggers
- Some thoughts, a poll and an invitation
- Woman science bloggers discuss pros and cons of online exposure
- On Self-Promotion
- We need to hear what we'd rather not
- "For her skills, sure, I would love to be Rebecca Skloot. It would not keep me from staying hidden. If I want to be recognized, I have to aspire to be Carl or Ed."
- Writers Don't Spring from Zeus's Forehead Either (fisking above post)
- Women science bloggers: Some thoughts (er, sorry, felt I had to for completeness' sake)
If you know of any posts I missed, please let me know in the comments.
- Rising Against the Wind
- On Promoting Science Bloggers Who Happen To Be Female
- On science blogs this week: Tools
- We need to hear what we'd rather not
- But I Want To Earn Everything All On My Own Merits! #scio11
- Studying the politics of online science
- Doing your part for the ladies of the science blogosphere.
- Science Online 2011: Underrepresentation hurts us all
- She's Geeky: Women in Science, Technology and Engineering
- Everyone's talking about it
- Some thoughts on the zeitgeist.
- Unwritten Rules
- Stumbling, imperfect allies: supporting diversity in science and the blogosphere #scio11
- Sex, gender, and gender identity
- Women in Science - where are we now?
Science Online 2011 ramblings
Also worth noting, there's a page on the ScienceOnline 2011 wiki keeping track of these posts as well.
Thank you so much for kindly reposting my link! Much appreciated. :)