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Someone on Twitter Is Writing About Male Scientists as if They Were Females

"Pierre Curie, married and proud father of two..."

FIONA MACDONALD
2 FEB 2016
 

It's no secret that there's still a difference between men and women are perceived in the science world. Sure, it's a lot easier for a woman to become a scientist or an engineer now than it was 50 years ago, but despite all our progress, there's still the very real issue of subtle, systemic sexism.

Case in point: the way that people talk and write about female scientists (who are actually just scientists). You know, all the long hours and child care issues they've had to overcome to achieve their dreams, as opposed to male scientists (also just scientists), who are simply congratulated for working hard and doing a good job.

 

That might not sound like a huge deal, until you see how it looks when you reverse the situation - which is exactly why Spanish Twitter user Daurmith started writing short biographies of famous historical male scientists as if they were women. The results are damn hilarious, and incredibly eye-opening.

The tweets were originally written in Spanish, but after stirring up what she calls "a small brouhaha", Daurmith decided to translate them into English, and we're so glad she did. It's for precisely this reason we've always made an effort at ScienceAlert to never talk about the family lives of the scientists we write about (of either gender). And it just shows how not-so-subtle 'subtle' discrimination is when it's reframed. 

Check out Daurmith's tweets below, which we first saw over on Buzzfeed, and check out these tips on how to avoid the wrath of Twitter next time you're writing about scientists who also happen to be women.

Some of her followers started to get in on the action too...

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