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Rose Eveleth

A few cool things to tide you over until our next post.

  • From The Daily Femme:

I definitely think that women should be and need to be given the same opportunities (as men). But I don’t think there’s anything not feminist about saying that men and women are different — to the same degree that our bodies are different, to the same degree that our hormones are different, to the same degree that our physiology is different — I don’t know why everything that’s different about men and women in terms of feminist theory has to be from the neck down. Why can’t it be from the neck up? Why can’t women also have different motivations and brains?

An interesting interview with Diana Fleishmann, an evolutionary psychologist, on women.  Evolutionary psychology gets a lot of crap, and often times not because the research is bad (although it can be) but because people misinterpret it all the time.  (Thanks to Lena Groeger for the link)

Her thoughts on science journalism and evolutionary psychology are interesting too:

Specifically in regard to women, sometimes I feel what the media is doing is take a finding about women, about hormonal effects or something like that, and they almost make it sound like women don’t have any free will. These very subtle effects get blown up into this thing where you’re talking about how women dress sexier when they’re ovulating, and people will just blow it all out of proportion, like women are going to be wearing crotch-less panties out and nothing else when they’re ovulating, and they’re going to be wearing burqas when they’re not. I do think that’s something that happens more with findings about women than with findings about men.

  • An interesting study on breast cancer patients and implants.  There is a lot written about how breasts are somehow tied up with a woman’s sense of femininity and beauty, and breast cancer patients often struggle with feeling “ugly” or “masculine” without them.

 

  • A play about Rosalind Franklin, the woman who’s research provided the basis for Watson and Crick’s double helix DNA discovery, opened recently in NYC.  Here’s the review in the NYT.  I haven’t seen it, so I can’t really say much.

 

  • At conference entitled: Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research, there was a session called Empowering Women for Scientific and Technological Development in Islamic Countries.  The panel disagreed over whether or not to set up a program for women scientists that operated separately from men, or to set up a large group without gender bias.  What do you think?

 

  • We still use the male name first, when we’re talking about couples or groups of men and women, a Scientific American article says.  The story doesn’t really give you much information though, and I’m curious how they measured “butch” and “femme” names.
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