“There is no single entity whose identity is changeless. All things are constantly changing. Nothing endures forever or contains a changeless element called a “self.””
— Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)
“Maybe there are places where toughness is not a virtue and lying is not a vice, but, wherever you are, being a wuss is being a wuss.”
Manaus is a massive car-choked city of 1.8 million people in the Amazon. Flying in, all you see are trees and rivers and then the city materializes out of nowhere.
We spent the day reporting on the brand new $300 million stadium. Just four World Cup games will be played here. There’s concern the stadium will never be fully utilized after the tournament.
Manaus has its share of poverty. We visited a flooded-out neighborhood. Balancing on rickety wooden planks, we navigated the area. In one house, two feet of water was inside. Two feet. This is “normal”. Despite the poverty, people there smiled and waved us in.
Despite the tough living conditions, World Cup celebrations were everywhere. Green, yellow, blue and white flags fluttering above roads. Streets painted with Brazilian flags.
Just a few miles from that neighborhood is Manaus’s stately Opera House and further along the sparkling, new white soccer stadium.
It really is a tale of two cities in the heart of the Amazon.
my suggestion is for someone to just take this and conduct the largest experiment of rainforest re-forestation inside the stadium right next to the biodiversity fragment forest study! someone do it! let me do ti!
Because men in my field are allowed to be bohemian intellectuals with quirky scientific interests, and women have to be broad minded strategic managers feeding those men’s egos
#YesAllWomen tweets reveal persistent sexism in science By Fiona MacDonald via ScienceAlert. | Image Credit: First three images via ScienceAlert via Twitter, fourth image via Twitter.
And if you’re a woman, you’ll be nodding along to nine out of 10 of them.
The hashtag started after it was revealed that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, lead suspect in the Isla Vista shooting, had shared extremely disturbing and misogynistic views in a video posted shortly before the attack.
Instead of flooding the internet with Rodger-specific fury, Twitter took the discussion to the next level and remind the world that sexism is still very much present across society, and #YesAllWomen experience it.
Among those tweets were many honest and confronting admissions of sexism from female scientists, students and communicators.
This isn’t the first time the issue of misogyny in science has been brought up, but it’s always sad and shocking to see certain opinions persist when females have come such a long way in the field.
As ScienceAlert is staffed almost entirely by women, we though we’d add a few of our own:
Because only 44 out of 835 Nobel Prize laureates are women.
Because senior scientists would still rather hire males, and pay them more.
Because people are still shocked when we tell them ScienceAlert is run by women.
Because that last tweet I screenshotted, via Hannah Hart, really hits home for myself and so many women I’ve talked to over the last few days [much less ever] when it comes to pointing out sexism in general, especially within the STEM world.
Because my freshman Chem teacher told me I would not be at the top of the class because I was a woman but I was at the top of the class - and because I was always addressed as the mother or the whore at work and never the colleague - and because my supervisor would not give me a job recommendation unless I could assure him I would never choose to take care of my sick children rather than coming into the lab for my $50/day stipend - and because almost all of my brilliant female friends/colleagues chose to leave and seek more female friendly work experiences… I don’t know if they found them….
My mother learned
the english language
so when she spoke,
others would listen.
When she cries,”
I hear her
When she cries,
I know how long
she has been silent.