many one, many two.. the short ramblings of a jane of all trades
Best thing on the internet, or best thing on the internet?
Watch the whole thing, trust me. It’s fantastic.
Might climb this lovely on Saturday. Maybe not to the top. We’ll see.
Image credit to Karl Helser, from this page.
The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
I think Emily is amazing and strong and wonderful, and I admire her immensely. I want to be like her when I grow up, and I regularly contemplate starting my own channel on YouTube because of what I’ve seen her do.
In my field, there are (thankfully) a lot of women—all of my mentors are women, which makes me feel really safe. The only thing that’s really come up so far is that everyone has agreed that going out on private land as a researcher and a woman by myself, and dealing with private landowners, is A Bad Plan. Whereas a man my age might not be as worried about running out to check the monitors by himself. I can’t wait to see the reactions of private landowners when my tiny 5 foot frame walks up and says “I’d like to put passive acoustic recorders on your land, please.” (Spoiler alert—I’m not expecting they’ll take me very seriously.)
That was a long-winded way of saying I want to see this attitude in STEM and STEM education change.
Happy Thanksgiving from evolution! Enjoy your roast ugly dinosaur.
Mmm. Delicious roast ugly dinosaur.
My life is regularly made better by remembering that birds are really dinosaurs further down the evolutionary tree.