Author: Sari van Anders

Um, there’s some rape culture in my neuroanatomy…

When I was in graduate school, I took a human neuroanatomy class. It was both awesome and boring. Why boring? Because decades of people had mistreated their donated cadavers so that, by the time I came along, students weren’t allowed to dissect cadavers anymore if they were non-med school classes...

Is subjectivity biased?

Okay, not surprisingly, the answer to whether subjectivity is biased is ‘no’. LET’S GO HOME! Just kidding! Remember math tests? It wasn’t the answer at the end, but how you got there. Ok, so science: you’ve got your objectivity and your subjectivity. We’re supposed to be all: objectivity is the...

How don’t you know what you don’t know?!

True story: when I was a graduate student, I supervised a sort of mini-lab of undergraduates. For reasons that are completely opaque to me know but I’m sure made a lot of sense then, one of these students told me and my partner how his father would be like (and...

Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology!

Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology Join us October 10 – 11 as we consider how to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology Keynote speakers: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University Sari van Anders, University of Michigan Featured speaker: Caroline VanSickle, Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology, University of Wisconsin—Madison Open to...

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

Even the cows are male: Impacts of gender/sex policy on grant apps

What happens when grant institutes ask applicants whether they are considering gender and sex? Joy Johnson, Zena Sharman, Bilkis Vissandjee, and Donna E. Stewart found out. But they’re not just your everyday run-of-the-mill finder-outers: Dr. Johnson is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH, one of...

Feminist science: Getting started?

Feminist science: Getting started?

Have you ever wondered where to get started with feminist science? Wonder no more! Here is an epic list from all sorts of smart people in various disciplines — who are, full disclosure, some of my Facebook friends willing and generous enough to give their thoughts on starting points in...

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

When Feminism Met Neuroscience… at a conference.

A  bunch of scholars from various disciplines met up at NeuroGenderings III just this past May to discuss the intersections between neuroscience and feminism. Did you miss it? Well, fret not! Because a summary of events is posted! Click here to see what happened, who said what, and why NeuroGenderings...

Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

Institutionalizing sex differences: Room for nuance

If you’re interested in feminist science, you, like me, probably heard about the recent U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) call to balance sex of subjects in relevant studies. For example, Janine Clayton and Francis Collins write: The NIH is now developing policies that require applicants to report their plans...

Gender, Neuroscience, & PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Gender, Neuroscience, & PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

One of our members, Mallory Bowers, has an interesting post called “(en)Gendering psychiatric disease: what does sex/gender have to do with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?” It’s up on the Neuroethics Blog. It starts out: As I’ve become more entrenched in the PTSD field, I’ve been struck by the prominent sex/gender...