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Gender Bias in Science

Biology – slave of patriarchy?

Because of a fluke of evolution, most males must “mount” a female. This means the male is “on top of” the female.

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Interesting how a mere physical position, in what is often a few seconds long encounter, only one tiny activity in an animal’s life-time of activities, has come to be seen as justification for male dominance.

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Even more interesting is how Science, which prides itself on its neutrality, so often uses sexist, patriarchal language.

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Indeed, Science is too often the worst offender in the use of this word-play which maintains the sexual status quo.

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Word-play which perpetuates the missionary position which defines our culture – men on top.

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Gender Bias in Science

“Please, please, can we?”, is NOT dominance.

A science text talks about roosters using courting moves to coax hens into submission to copulation.

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Interesting how supposedly “neutral” science is so skewed towards seeing male dominance and female submission.

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Since he won’t be getting any without her cooperation, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say roosters use their courting moves to coax hens into providing permission for copulation?
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Women in the Arts

Man = Artist | Woman doing same thing = Dilettante

Men are composers.

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Women are singer-songwriters.

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Men are artistes – they are virtuosos and professionals.
Women doing the same thing are dilettantes – they have crafts and hobbies.
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Combining Family & Career

Options Which Are Not Options?

Mother kneeling with child
According to a study done by Salary.com, a full-time stay-at-home mom works 96 hours/week.

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A working mom can expect to put-in nearly 100 hours per week.

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A woman’s options:

Worked to death regardless of her choice.

According to Welch’s, the average mom gets going around 6:23 a.m. and the work doesn’t stop until 8:31 p.m. (And, for many of us, that sounds like a good day.)

Mother.ly

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Logical Phallusies

Dress Charade

Ladies!

Go to a war museum and check-out those uniforms!



Gold frills, lace, chains, high collars picked-out in precious metals, silk scarves, silver and mother of pearl buttons, bright colours!



Poufy feathers on even poufier hats, spiffy high black leather boots with higher heels, slinky riding crops!



Bejewelled weapons, tight pants, ornate jackets. More recently, dashing khaki, and sexy camouflage, expertly tailored to reveal manly bulges.



All littered with pendants, ribbons, tiny embroidered or enamelled flags and stars, and of course, lots of shiny medals.



The macho military male has been the Mr. Dress-Up of history.

Yet men whine about women and their obsession with fashion.

For a visual feast of male pouffery, you may wish to look at this book …

Visual Encyclopedia of Military Uniforms Paperback – Sept. 19 2011

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Gender Bias in Science

The Irony of PMS

The level of the female hormone, estrogen, is lowest in a woman just before she menstruates.

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Isn’t that ironic? If PMS exists, it occurs when we have the least amount of female hormones in our bodies, when we are the least female.

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When we’re the most like males … hmmmmmm …

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

Regarding Your Opinion

I do not wish to hear YOUR opinion of:

☐ How I should behave.
☐ How I should think.
☐ What I should wear.
☐ My education choices.
☐ Whom I should love.
☐ My sexual options.
☐ Whom I should marry.
☐ Whether I should have children.
☐ Whether I may work.
☐ What work I may do.
☐ What I should do with my life.

I am not a slave.
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You are not my master. 

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Gender Bias in Science

A Trait in a Straitjacket

The only biological function females cannot perform is impregnation. The only biological functions males cannot perform are pregnancy and nursing.



There are no other activities you can name which are exclusively female or exclusively male.



Any other attribute branded as masculine or feminine is just a trait in a strait jacket.
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Authors

Writing by Odera O’Gonuwe

About the Author

Author Odera O'Gonuwe

Odera O’Gonuwe is a 20-year-old who lives in the Midwest. She’s been writing since she was 2 years old and has been published since 2015. She’s currently studying informatics. She hopes to one day be a successful tech entrepreneur while holding an illustrious writing career.

Visit Odera’s website and instagram to keep updated.

Books by Odera O’Gonuwe

Akuko Iro: Tales from Our Ancestors
by Odera O'Gonuwe, Ifeoma O'Gonuwe, et al.

Akuko Iro: Tales from Our Ancestors By Odera O’Gonuwe

Akuko Iro is a reimagination of three traditional Igbo fables. ‘How the Turtle Cracked His Back’ shows how the renowned trickster, Turtle, was punished for his gluttony and greed. ‘Why Humans have a Curved Back’ is a story about a young girl, Ugomma, who learns the important lesson: substance is more important than beauty. ‘Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky’ is a creation story that explains how the sky, as we know it, came to be.

Life as It Is
by Odera O'Gonuwe

Life as It Is
by Odera O’Gonuwe

What is life through the eyes of a child? Before one reaches that pivotal age and ascends into their 20’s. The end of innocence. These are the eighty-one lessons of life that I have learned in my short time. The final observations before leaving the teenage years. A collection of poems exploring race, gender, youth, womanhood, and other social structures. Life. As it is.

Just Like A Caucasian
by Odera O'Gonuwe and Ifeoma O'Gonuwe

Just Like A Caucasian
by Odera O’Gonuwe and Ifeoma O’Gonuwe

Ndidi, Mohammed, Bianca, and Michael are unalike in many ways. The four teenagers are thrown together one summer to film a documentary on race and identity in the current political climate. Together, they forge a bond and break barriers as they learn from each other and grow. Just Like a Caucasian gives a poignant perspective on race relations and a glimpse of how to navigate these polarized waters.

Shattered (An After Ever Series Book 1)
by Odera O'Gonuwe, Ifeoma O'Gonuwe, et al.

Shattered
by Odera O’Gonuwe and Ifeoma O’Gonuwe

One year has passed since Cinderella married her prince, but the time has come for the evil stepmother, Lady Rayne, to atone for her sins. She is judged and convicted guilty in the eyes of the court and the people. Banished from the kingdom, far away from all things familiar, she decides to take charge of her destiny. In her crusade for the truth she unweaves a web of dark secrets and harrowing deception spun by the princess at the helm of the mighty kingdom. Unwittingly, she fuels revolution, and leads a roar for change. Though, truth is on her side, the other forces refuse to capitulate, and the clashing sides fight until only one remains.

In the first novel of the After Ever series, the familiar story of Cinderella is turned on its head. Maybe the wicked stepmother is not so evil after all?

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"isms"

Let Them Breathe!

Photo Credit: Obi Onyeador
Listen!
A whole group of oppressed human beings is crying out to you in their pain, in their distress, “We can’t breathe!”



“So many of you are asking: What can I do? There is a sense of helplessness, but that must not paralyze us. Your voice matters, especially when you are a leader or influential figure, and especially if you are white. Leaders have to be bold enough to state the obvious and call out racism.



“The conversation can no longer be avoided because it is hard. We have to have it. Now.”
Masai Ujiri
(President, Toronto Raptors)