Tag Archives: sexism

October 19, 2012, 3:09 pm

Where’s the use of looking nice?

“Where’s the use of looking nice, when no one sees me but those cross midgets, and no one cares whether I’m pretty or not?” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Like many others, I was appalled when I saw Dario Maestripieri’s comments on the attractiveness (or lack thereof) of women at the Society for Neuroscience conference. Janet Stemwedel wrote a really nice post about what is wrong with this behavior and why we need to address it. This casual sexism is far from unusual in academia – in fact, we see it pretty regularly. There’s just no winning for women in academia – if you’re unattractive, then you’re a bad female. But if you’re attractive, you’re a bad academic.

Cat wearing a dress

Image source: http://lolpetclothes.com/2010/cats-wearing-dresses/

Beauty is, arguably, as much about presentation as it is about genes. Most people …

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February 17, 2012, 9:42 am

Once again, women reduced to their reproductive organs

In the days leading up to ScienceOnline 2012, a blogger who was irritated at the lack of childcare options at the conference tweeted something like the following (I am paraphrasing — except for the bolded part):

Scio12 needs to consider providing more child care so that more women and dads could attend.

Women. And dads. Not moms and dads, but women and dads. Because, you know, all women have children, right?

Similarly, just about every report I’ve ever seen on women in science/women in academia concludes that the best way to increase the number of women in science and academia is to provide better daycare and flexibility for mothers.

I agree that more family-friendly policies would benefit many women and help level the playing field between men and women. But there’s so much more to be done. For example, when the journal Behavioral Ecology instituted double-blind peer review,

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