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Feminist Biology Post Doc/Sabbatical!

Here is a new posting for that Feminist Biology post doc/sabbatical position at the University of Wisconson-Madison! This is the second year, and it seems like a great opportunity. Here is the link! Wittig Postdoc ad 09 15 Some details: “The Wittig Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Feminist Biology offers the...

Babies and STEM

I am just going to lay this out here. If you want to discuss when we start giving children the message that STEM is for boys and not for girls, then you can’t get any earlier than the selection of newborn baby clothes. Cars? Robots? Space Ships? Dinosaurs? For boys!...

Here she comes to save the day: PIPETGIRL!

Editor’s Note: Here is a guest post by Stacey Ritz. We put it in pink so that people with girl-eyes could read it.     ATTENTION WOMEN SCIENTISTS: It’s not our propensity for falling-in-love/being-falled-in-love-with (#distractinglysexy), or all the weeping (I’ve been drinking PBS to rehydrate myself), or our inferior genes,...

Medicine (yay!) vs. Medicalization (boo!)

Once, an undergraduate student told me she was experiencing depression, but that she had been concerned about telling me she was on anti-depressants. Why worry about telling me? I asked. She explained that she was worried I would think badly of her for using meds. I sat there, stunned, frantically...

The particle is the boy and the anti-particle the girl? Ridding physics analogies of heternormativity

Guest post by Jeremy Bailin, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy,  University of Alabama! Let’s talk about matter/anti-matter annihilation in the early Universe. Okay, so that’s not normally what you’d expect in a GJS blog. 🙂 There’s no relation between feminism or sexuality and particles interacting with anti-particles shortly after...

The Curious Case of Period Panties:  Is the Stereotype of Premenstrual Aggression Empowering or Invalidating of Female Emotion?

The Curious Case of Period Panties: Is the Stereotype of Premenstrual Aggression Empowering or Invalidating of Female Emotion?

Guest post by Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s Reproductive Mood Disorders, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Both physical and psychological experiences of the menstrual cycle vary widely, and no one woman has the right to define or narrate the experiences of others. As we share our own...

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...