Monday, November 10, 2008

@Renee

I will reprise my comment @Renee on Dr. Isis's blog here. Thanks to ScientistMother who alerted me to this travesty. (Synopsis - some people say it is bad to project femininity when you are a scientist because this causes people to take you less seriously. Renee comes in to say she doesn't like black people because she doesn't like hip hop, and she doesn't like women because she doesn't like shopping.) To that I say:

@Renee - how's this? I don't like people who dislike people for reasons that make no sense.

What you seem to not understand is that most people aren't caricatures and members of only one "culture" as you call it. I find it hard to imagine that you can do good science when something as complex as human beings are broken down into simple one-faceted elements.

Love,
Hip Hop Loving, Classical Music Loving, Dancing Loving, *nix Loving, Mac Loving, Nerdy Boy Loving, Ender Loving, Python (the language) Loving, Shoe Loving, Food Loving, Project Runway Loving, Slashdot Loving, Yellow-Assed PhizzleDizzle

Fin.

8 comments:

ScientistMother said...

was that not totally and completely aggravating??

PhizzleDizzle said...

it was incredible. to think that you can write off an entire group of people because of such simplistic generalizations it unbelievable. seriously.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

I know, eh? What century is this?

Ambivalent Academic said...

I wonder if Renee is following all this or was her comment just a drive-by?

PhizzleDizzle said...

@AA, I guess we'll never know. She is probably at home now chuckling with amusement at the ruckus her post caused. Trolls enjoy causing ruckus, after all...

PS, like the frog avatar...

Ambivalent Academic said...

Thanks - I used to work on frogs (not anymore) and that pic is just too neat to use it somewhere.

Ambivalent Academic said...

erm...NOT to use it somewhere

Ambivalent Academic said...

Hey PD - Way off topic bc I can't find your email addy (maybe it isn't posted or maybe I'm blogging drunk and can't find it).

I would love to see a blog post someday about the post-doc or not question in your field. Not being a CS person, I'm not really sure how this works or is perceived within your cohort. As a biologist, it is pretty much mandatory for me if I ever want to have a remotely academic position, but I am curious as to how other fields field this idea (that was awkward!) and how it is perceived by other academes if you do a post-doc or not...not to marginalize the frustration job search (for a non-academic post-doc) in the least. Thanks friend!