One of my Scarlet Witch outfit fandesigns I’ve been messing around with.
saysoju: [TRIGGER WARNING]Valleywag compares dating service to the comfort women during World War II and refuses to retract with an official apology despite public outcry. They deem it appropriate satire.
A few of us engaged with their editors about mocking the many rape victims during World War II. They tried to get us to comment on their website for traffic + revenue. They asked us to email them to avoid transparency. One editor mocked us and blocked. They told us they do not retract unless it is “factual errors” and refuse to apologize.
I urge all Koreans, Korean Americans, and anyone who cares about social justice to please signal-boost and share this so that Gawker and its Valleywag editors will apologize for what they did.
Please help this go viral. Retweet. Tweet. Reblog. Whatever it takes.This is why I didnt trust them in publishing bill cosby’s story of abuse
This isn’t going anywhere. We’ve been in touch with someone in the Senate as well as 3 nonprofits who are looking into this as we speak. I’m also waiting for the Netizens in Korea to learn about this. The Chinese and Filipino communities aren’t going to be happy either.
Historical Images Of Women Using Scientific Instruments:
There is something about one of my Pinterest boards that seems to have caught the imagination. It is, as the platform allows, simply a way of collecting and displaying images that I have culled from elsewhere across the internet, hitting a particular theme. This one is called Women using scientific instruments.
At present, it is only 42 images, from the 14th century to the 1970s, the majority coming from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century. It has largely been created by chance and targeted Googling and offers no narratives and little interpretation. Yet it seems to have provided something that at least some people were looking for.
I started it some time back. Having written a blogpost including an image of putti using scientific instruments, I got into conversation with Danny Birchill on Twitter and mentioned that this had once been a fairly common trope and that, pre-19th century, images of people actually using scientific instruments were relatively rare. Danny was prompted to make his own Pinterest board, Putti of Science (there are many other examples).
This was my introduction to Pinterest, and I set about creating some history of science-themed boards myself. I hadn’t really promoted them but, after happening to mention it on Twitter, Alice Bell tweeted:
Historian of science, @beckyfh has a ‘women using scientific instruments’ board on Pinterest. And it’s a delight.http://www.pinterest.com/beckyfh1/women-using-scientific-instruments/
And it took off from there, with lots of re-tweets and follows on the board. As well as Alice’s “it’s a delight”, comments included “This is so great I may not sleep tonight”, “This gives me goosebumps” and “1st time I understand Pinterest”. I am not sure I have ever put together anything that seems to have had such an overwhelmingly positive response.
It is particularly interesting for me to have been part of this, given that I have sometimes found problems with the way that women in the history of science have been celebrated. Historical facts are rather too often ignored in favour of good stories and the creation of scientific heroes. Yet, the response to this set of images helps remind me how much women in science and science communication need to see themselves reflected in history.
It is also, as someone pointed out on Twitter with a link to this hilarious gallery of stock photography of women, a perfect response to the way women are so often depicted in the media. On my board I have eschewed the modern, posed images of “female scientist” and “woman with test tube”, and instead have largely gathered images of women who actually made use of the instruments they are shown with.
For me, it’s also important than only a few of these women are well known. This is not about creating heroines of science, or making any sort of claim beyond the fact that these particular women were there. It remains obvious that there are far more historical images of men with scientific instruments, and the images also show that women’s experience of science was often mediated by men. But this, and the fact that for much of history they were more likely to be part of the audience or figuring as a muse, should be recalled rather than swept under the carpet.
I, however, will remember the response to this simple collection. It was an excellent reminder that the past does not just belong to historians.
• Rebekah Higgitt will be speaking as part of a panel on Doing Women’s History in a Digital Age at the Women in Science Research Network conference this May. Comment here or tweet her @beckyfh with suggestions for the Pinterest board.
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those darn privileged females
Yeah. There’s a reason women need 500+ shelters.
You know what’s truly sad about that dudebro’s meme? if he had only made it male specific, just left the comparison thing off of it. He could have actually started a conversation about male issues. He could have focused it as an awareness campaign and urged people to take action. He could have researched and added resources for men facing these struggles. But no, he spent his time with a “But men!” message and not actually contributing anything to the causes we’re supposed to believe he cares about.