Are science enthusiasts all men?

Well, no. But you might not know that from this Storify post about the online excitement over the recent Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. Put together by a social media producer for CNN, first we see a collection of tweets regarding the landing that appears to be from a group of all men. A subsequent grouping of tweets, mostly from women, is prefaced by “But the excitement among science and technology enthusiasts quickly spread to all walks of life. People from all walks of life were seemingly dazzled by the feat and it’s [sic] implications for the future.” I’m not quite sure how we ought to interpret this, other than to think the first set of folks are the real science enthusiasts, and the second set are folks who just kind of got wrapped up in that crazy dazzling explosion of Mars-Curiosity-internet joy.

The only thing is, the first group of “science and technology enthusiasts” includes the conductor for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a design director for a communications company, a staff writer for TED, and a director/producer. Arguably, folks from all walks of life. That second group, mostly women, actually includes an astrophysicist, an astronomer, a consultant for the US Department of Defense, and a social media producer for NASA.  Sounds like a group of science and technology enthusiasts to me. (Not to mention, that some of those women’s tweets were actually posted on twitter before some of those from men in the first group. Maybe there’s a joke about time travel I’m missing here.)

(Thanks L!)

3 thoughts on “Are science enthusiasts all men?

  1. Well, I guess someone has to tell the women who were part of the NASA team that the Mars landing was for really just for men–but they can enjoy it afterward? Here’s a video of the team showing that women were part of the NASA engineering and science team who put Curiosity on Mars: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1103

    Interestingly, the Yahoo story that I posted on Facebook originally included part of this video. It has since been replaced with a still photo of 5-6 men standing tall while holding hands above their heads. Interesting…

  2. also, the twitter voice of curiosity is actually three women at JPL. so, apparently, the NASA-JPL tweeps are non-science-enthusiasts. not sure how anyone counts as a science enthusiast, in that case!

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