Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Female Privilege?

Below is my latest post on Women in Astronomy:

Women in Science
via the Smithsonian

This blog focuses on a lot of the challenges of being a woman in astronomy (and STEM in general).  We talk about sexism (of both the explicit and benevolent variety), unconscious and implicit biases, the wage gap, the gender gap, the two-body problem, the leaky pipeline, the impostor complex, work-life-family balance issues, sexual harassment... the list goes on and on.  But are there any advantages to being a woman in STEM? Is there female privilege?



In April, Thought Catalog published two pieces about Female Privilege one from a "male perspective" and one from a "female perspective" (I use quotes because I doubt all males reading this blog will agree with the male perspective or vice versa).

In general, talking about female privilege is problematic as this post very eloquently describes. Much of the general "advantages" to being a woman are actually in fact benevolent sexism or other byproducts of the disadvantages that we have in society in general.