Monthly Archive: October 2013

Progressive Science in a regressive world: Guest post

Invited Guest Post by Karen Blair, PhD, University of Utah A few blog posts back, Sari van Anders pointed out that one connection between science and feminism is their seemingly equal ability to bring out nasty comments. In fact, Sari highlighted Lewis’ Law (and science loves laws) that states that...

Why do some sciences seem more, well, science-y?

Why do some sciences seem more, well, science-y?

Do you ever feel like some types of science are more science-y? Like… maybe… physics > chemistry, chemistry > biology, biology >psychology (waaayyy more, right? is psychology even a real science?) (I’m in Psychology so I can make this joke), psychology > anthropology (ok, honestly? anthropology? are we letting everyone...

Swimming up from scientism

One of the tricky things about inviting feminism and science to the same party is that most of us scientists are swimming in ‘scientism.’ Scientism refers to the belief that science is better than all other forms of knowledge acquisition (epistemologies), or even that science is the only legitimate way to learn about, well,...

“Normal” is, well, normal… right?

  We have an ongoing series, here at Gap Junction Science, where people can write in with their questions. The series is called, with admirable concision, “Dear Feminist Scientists and Science-y Feminists.” Here is an older installment and here is another one. You can submit your questions here! To keep...

Science and hip hop

One of my favorite songs ever is Mathematics by Mos Def. There’s the line that is dear to my heart, though I don’t rhyme or rap, because it articulates how intertwined culture and science need to be: “You wanna know how to rhyme you better learn how to add It’s...

Gender and Sex in Cell Cultures and Animal Models

Gender and Sex in Cell Cultures and Animal Models

Though feminism is relevant across science disciplines, sometimes it’s easier to see how it might be relevant to the scientific questions of one area than another. For example, it might be less immediately obvious how sex comes into the bench biosciences vs. human research… though you’d have to have some...