“We tell our women “get into science, get into math, get into the pipeline.” Who wants to be in a pipeline full of acid?”—
Alicia Menendez - The View
I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.
The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.
this is why i make it a point to openly welcome women in my science classes. there’s a lot of assholes, even in animal behavior and ecology (which is seen kind of as a semisoft science anyhow) and i’ve seen countless women and girls drop classes or fail out because they didn’t feel safe being there and it’s fucking terrible.
Today is Copernicus’s 541th birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?”
Please don’t be mean to freshmen. Please don’t be mean to younger kids for no reason. It’s already difficult enough going through the transition process of changing schools. They don’t need you to be an asshole to them for no reason on top of that.
Once you’re a senior, you’ll feel different about this. Trust me.
I am a senior. And if you’re a senior you should ESPECIALLY not be harassing freshmen. you should know better.