Male U. of Chicago scientist's sexist Facebook post creates uproar
- Dario Maestripieri, a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology and neurobiology at the University of Chicago, caused a furor this week after lamenting, via Facebook, the lack of "beautiful women" present at last week's annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
- After one of his Facebook friends presumably didn't see the humor, the post quickly spread online, provoking strong reactions, including posts that poke fun at his thinking "the #SFN conference was Paris Fashion Week," contain his e-mail or critique his looks.
- For many women in science, Maestripieri's post brings to light the issue of sexism among scientists, and many have taken to the blogosphere to recount their experiences.
From the article:
Pity the attendees at last week's annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience who thought they needed to focus on their papers and the research breakthroughs being discussed. It turns out they were also being judged -- at least by one prominent scientist -- on their looks. At least the female attendees were. The scientist was Dario Maestripieri, a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology and neurobiology at the University of Chicago. ...
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