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Marni D. Sheppeard

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Quote of the Month

Ben Barres gave a great seminar today, but his work is much better than his sister’s work.
Statement by faculty member after the unpublicised female-male sex change of a transgendered academic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

must be all that testosterone he injects himself with now.

September 20, 2009 1:11 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Why thank you anonymous, for contributing a comment in the usual spirit of anonymous commenters on feminist science blogs.

September 20, 2009 2:14 AM  
Blogger nige said...

In the history of modern physics, the most solid, unquestionable, unspeculative work was done by girls like Curie, Noether, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Jocelyn Bell. Leading male physicists tended to get into more speculative areas, gambling and taking risks more instead of doing the groundwork.

It's just an evolutionary extension of normal roles from the cave age to modern times, with males as hunters who focus on taking risks going after wild beasts, and women who focus on keeping the home fires burning.

September 20, 2009 4:51 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Perhaps if the quoted person had been aware of the transformation, they'd have instead said "his work keeps getting better". I like to think my work now is better than it was 3 years ago.

September 20, 2009 12:57 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

This is the fourth random conference in a row that I thought of attending ... and for the fourth time, not one single invited female speaker. But you would all rather think there is no blatant discrimination. They have a name for that ...

September 21, 2009 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are the conference organisers racist also ?

September 21, 2009 8:47 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Anon, for the sake of our readers, allow me to remind you (although I am sure you know it) that the situation for racial minorities in fundamental physics is so appalling that there simply aren't any at all ... whereas I could easily come up with a list of 100 top notch professional female scientists to give talks.

September 21, 2009 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none at all ? wow, i didn't realise that fundamental physicists were THAT racist !

September 22, 2009 12:57 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Anonymous, that was clearly an exaggeration ... but unfortunately not a very large one, because I do not consider, say, Asians to be in a significant minority. Please try not to interpret comments from the point of view of whatever random place you happen to come from ...

September 22, 2009 1:05 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Anonymous left a better comment on another blog: "My god, you are so fine. I would pay money to lick your ____."

One reason physics has become so exclusive is that it is a shrinking field, with vanishing public support.

September 22, 2009 1:23 AM  

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