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Admittedly, I seem to be missing the point

March 25, 2009

In her blog at Discover, marine biologist Sheril Kirshenbaum writes about her experiences being judged based on her gender, especially in combination with her age and appearance, rather than her professional qualifications. It’s a great read. Sadly, I’ve heard too many similar tales from female colleagues.

But there’s one thing missing from her story… Who is the household-name scientist who propositioned her? Kirshenbaum doesn’t say, but inquiring (and gossipy) minds want to know. She does write: “I remind[ed] him I have a popular science blog and warn never to call back.”

Am I a terrible, awful person because a small part of me wants him to call back?

One Comment
  1. March 31, 2009 12:45 am

    That stuff happens a lot, but methinks this is a case of feminist ideals pervading the minds of otherwise intelligent people to make a ruckus about a comment that wasn’t especially offensive.

    I bet it was the Bad Astronomy guy.

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