Below is a contribution from a recent Edge project. And we thought philosophy was too often bad for women!
The question was, “What scientific idea is ready for retirement?”
The Way We Produce And Advance Science
Last year, I spearheaded a survey and interview research project on the experiences of scientists at field sites. Over sixty percent of the respondents had been sexually harassed, and twenty percent had been sexually assaulted. Sexual predation was only the beginning of what I and my colleagues uncovered: study respondents reported psychological and physical abuses, like being forced to work late into the day without being told when they could head back to camp, not being allowed to urinate, verbal threats and bullying, and being denied food. The majority of perpetrators are fellow scientists senior to the target of abuse, the target themselves usually a female graduate student. Since we started analyzing these data, I haven’t been able to read a single empirical science paper without wondering on whose backs, via whose exploitation, that research was conducted.
There is a lot more to this piece, which you can find by following the link above, which will take you to a very interesting blog. The author is Prof. Kate Clancy, who was also features in another recent post on FemPhil., Welcome But Not Really.