I’m baffled by the reaction to realisation that Elise Andrew, founder of I Fucking Love Science, is a woman. I’m sorry, don’t all you people pertain to worship at the altar of science? And as such, shouldn’t you be beyond such petty concerns such as gender and physical appearance? The reaction is a scientific study in itself. Grown (and possibly not) men reduced to slobbering idiots simply by the picture of a woman on the internet. Suddenly, the fact that she is a great blogger with a fantastic insight into the scientific world is no longer the point of interest. The apparent fact that she is ‘Hot’ or ‘A cutie’, is. Is this really the stage of societal development we are at? Belittling a woman’s achievements by raising her ‘pretty face’ above it all? I know what the counter arguments are. It’s ‘a compliment’ or we should ‘chill out’ or that ‘as a society we are programmed to comment on the attractiveness of the opposite sex’. Well just think about this. For those that reacted in this way, responding more to the fact she is an attractive female than her blogging prowess; would you have reacted the same way if that tiny profile picture on twitter showed a man?

Source: http://m.guardian.co.uk/science/us-news-blog/2013/mar/20/i-love-science-woman-facbook

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