This is Science Magazine
; this is one of their featured front-page stories (date stamped 17 September 2014 8:00 am): "The top 50 science stars of Twitter
", by Jia You
. The list has 46 men and 4 women
. [more inside]
WYNC's Manoush Zomorodi investigates the gender gap in tech and computer science
, and finds a number of people working towards bridging that gap, from childhood to university: completely restructuring a required computer science course
to make it more welcoming to female university students
, celebrating women in computing history
(and recognizing that computer science wasn't so male-dominated
, and making children's books
!) for kids to explore programming concepts on their own. She also noticed that the majority of female computer science students in the US had grown up overseas - possibly because computer science isn't a common subject in American high schools
. This is slated to change: a new AP Computer Science subject is in the works
, with efforts to get 10,000 highly-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the US
If you want to join Mindy Kaling
in supporting young girls
entering computer science, tech, and coding
, there's a lot [more inside]
Secular trans feminist Zinnia Jones debunks the myth of biological sex
and the inaccurate ways the concept has been used to invalidate trans people.
Mey from Autostraddle explains why it’s time for people to stop using the social construct of “biological sex” to defend their transmisogyny
Inter/act explains that intersex people, despite having disorders of sex development (DSDs) that contribute to what doctors define as a "biological sex other than male or female,"
may identify as male, female, or somewhere else on the gender spectrum. [more inside]
The first Women in Science Writing: Solutions Summit
took place at MIT on June 13-15. Here's a brief roundup
, with plenty of links and stats that look at gender bias and harassment in science journalism.
Whether it's the constant fretting over Miley Cyrus
' influence on school girls or the growing (and troubling) tradition of Purity Balls
, it's clear that society has a fascination with young women's sexuality — especially when it comes to controlling it. But what are we actually teaching today's girls about sex? Fueled by outdated ideals of gender roles and the sense that female sexuality is somehow shameful, there seem to be certain pernicious myths about girls and sex that just won't die. That sex education in America has gaping holes in its curriculum hasn't helped much, either; in a recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report
just 6 out of 10 girls said that their schools' sex ed program included information on how to say no to sex. This lack of personal agency was reflected in a forthcoming study by sociologist Heather Hlavka at Marquette University
as well, which found that many young girls think of sex simply as something that is "done to them." Knowledge is power, and we can promote a healthier relationship with sex by encouraging a more open dialogue, teaching girls to feel comfortable with their sexuality and, most importantly, emphasizing that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.
But first, we're going to need to stop perpetuating the following 17 myths about female sexuality. [more inside]
Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to be Another.
"Gender Swap is an experiment that uses The Machine to be Another
system as a platform for embodiment experience (a neuroscience technique in which users can feel themselves like if they were in a different body). In order to create the brain illusion we use the immersive Head Mounted Display Oculus Rift
, and first-person cameras. To create this perception
, both users have to syncronize their movements. If one does not correspond to the movement of the other, the embodiment experience does not work. It means that both users have to constantly agree on every movement they make. Throughout this experiment, we aim to investigate issues like Gender Identity, Queer Theory, feminist technoscience, Intimacy and Mutual Respect." [NSFW, Via]
We analysed 5,483,841 research papers and review articles with 27,329,915 authorships.
We find that in the most productive countries, all articles with women in dominant author positions receive fewer citations than those with men in the same positions. And this citation disadvantage is accentuated by the fact that women's publication portfolios are more domestic than their male colleagues — they profit less from the extra citations that international collaborations accrue. Given that citations now play a central part in the evaluation of researchers, this situation can only worsen gender disparities.
The data are also used to make a really cool interactive map
Recently Emily Graslie, of the fantastic natural history tumblr
and youtube series TheBrainScoop
, was asked a question about whether she had personally experienced sexism in her field. Her response is fucking amazing.
Inside is her goldmine of awesome female science educators online with channels that focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math. My work day is fucked. [more inside]
was approached to write blog posts for Biology Online
, she quite reasonably asked about the terms of the agreement. When she turned them down, their response was...somewhat less than reasonable
. And when DNLee posted to her blog about it
, Scientific American
– who hosts her blog as part of their science blog network
– responded in perhaps the most tone-deaf manner possible
. [more inside]
Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.
A wonderful long article by Eileen Pollack
where she talks to her former mentors, the study authors, and the other female science professors at her alma mater. NYTMagazine, worth reading especially for the absence of glib simple answers.
, of course.)
Women enjoy video games
, to the astonishment of local TV newsreaders. Women enjoy science
, to the astonishment of Facebook users.
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as dating
, preparing for being drafted
, and shyness
, as well as to children on following the law
, the value of quietness in school
, and appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between attitudes and health
, what kind of people live in America
, how to keep a job
, supervising women workers
, the nature of capitalism
, and the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the Prelinger Archives
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right? [more inside]
The hard numbers behind scholarly publishing's gender gap
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
investigates the nature of gender disparity
in science and humanities publishing, with the help of researcher Jennifer Jacquet in collaboration with Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington, whose Eigenfactor
) is used to map the intersection of gender and authorship
articles from 1665 to 2011. [more inside]
An Ada Lovelace Day editathon is happening at the Royal Society in London
This is part of a project to improve the representation of 'women in science'
on Wikipedia and is hosted at the Royal Society of London after previous edit-a-thons at Harvard and Stockholm. It seems like most of the participants are women
. If it sounds intriguing, it's not too late to register for a subsequent session in Oxford on the 26th
(You might even be given cake
"Ben Barres's work is much better than his sister's,"
one scientist remarked to another. The only problem is that Ben Barres and his “sister” Barbara Barres were the same person. An FTM transsexual offers a unique view
of the impact of gender discrimination in science, having seen it from both sides. Despite the fact that recent studies have shown that a woman has to be 2.5 times as productive
to be judged as scientifically competant as a man in the sciences, many still argue that there is actually a level playing field,
a source of some frustration for
many women in the field. (For a somewhat easier to read and referenced response to the Physics Today letters, check out Evalyn Gates’ reply at the end.)
Text messaging for teenage girls is like an orgasm
explains neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine
. The doctor from Yale provides the science behind why
male and female brains
Near Ovulation, Your Cheatin' Heart Will Tell on You
"New research from UCLA and the University of New Mexico suggests that members of "the gentler sex" may have evolved to cheat on their mates during the most fertile part of their cycle — but only when those mates are less sexually attractive than other men."
The Science of Gender Science
. A debate by Pinker vs. Spelke on the research on mind, brain, and behavior that may be relevant to gender disparities in the sciences, including the studies of bias, discrimination and innate and acquired difference between the sexes. (via Edge)
A review of the current state of gender based brain research shows that women and men differ both in the way their brains are constructed and in how they function.
..correlation between brain region size in adults and sex steroid action in utero suggests that at least some sex differences in cognitive function do not result from cultural influences or the hormonal changes associated with puberty--they are there from birth.
Treatment for such things as schizophrenia and depression will likely have gender specific variations in the future.
Previously, brain research that examined gender differences was considered controversial
because it was argued that the results might give rise to more sex discrimination against women. That view may be changing.
SexID Some researchers say that men can have 'women's brains' and that women can think more like men.
Find out more about 'brain sex' differences by taking the Sex ID test, a groundbreaking experiment designed by a team of top psychologists:
"In his talk... [Harvard President Larry] Summers also used as an example one of his daughters, who as a child was given two trucks in an effort at gender-neutral parenting.
Yet she treated them almost like dolls, naming one of them 'daddy truck,' and one 'baby truck.'
"It was during his comments on ability that Hopkins, sitting only 10 feet from Summers, closed her computer, put on her coat, and walked out. 'It is so upsetting that all these brilliant young women [at Harvard] are being led by a man who views them this way,' she said later in an interview."
Summers then responded with the currently in vogue
Jane Want Relationship, Tarzan Want Sex.
A study seems to confirm what women have long suspected -- women seek security in relationships, while men stick around for the sex.
The study says that in most species, monogomy is the top choice when fertility is hidden. Wonder if they took into account the Pill? ;)