Zuskateers Say...

"Zuska, I was just thinking that sometimes your blog makes my life worth living." - BLG

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"Name-calling and cultural insults again? I am going to stop reading this blog." - Anonymous

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"Tomato sauce without onion! FULL OF WIN!" - Becca

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"What can I say? I am a hairy-legged feminazi." - Zuska

"You forgot shrill." - Comrade PhysioProf

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"RIGHT ON ZUSKA!!!! Thank you for giving a voice to young females in the STEM. I can only hope to be a shrill as you someday. Hopefully the day after I get tenure." - Gerty-Z

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"I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SCIENCE BLOG? WTF?
WHAT ABOUT THE MEN? The Nice Guys?
WHERE ARE THE FUCKING COOKIES?
Z, you are totes not fun."
- jc

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"You may be a mansplainer if you spend time mansplainin’ why you aren’t a mansplainer." - TTabetic

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"You’ve sort of created a perfect system, in that it seems to be immune to criticism, but of course you already knew that." - Jon

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"Zuska, if you were a superhero, I would watch the cartoon and I would buy the lunchbox." - mb

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"Yeah, but where is the kick-ass alter-ego blog for white men?" - Alex

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11 responses so far

  • sarah goldberg says:

    I'VE LOST ZUSKA : Off topic-, but would someone please help me? I can't figure out how to subscribe, which means I haven't been notified by email of new blog posts since the move to scientopia.

    Help!

  • Becky says:

    ... thinking of you... and your Aunt Betty's recipes... and playing in the mud!..MUAH!

  • Tyciol says:

    Hm, if there are mansplainers does that mean there can also be womansplainers? Or womynsplainers/girlsplainers whatever is the most acceptible portmanteau.

  • Just a heads up that I have quoted you and an excerpt from your wonderful mansplaining article (with links back to your blog, of course!) in a recent post on my blog, HEART SISTERS. All will be revealed at http://myheartsisters.org/2011/10/12/mansplaining/

    Thanks so much.
    C.

  • Rhi says:

    Zuska, you know better than I do about how science and engineering are done, but if it involves groups of people solving problems together (and somehow I think it does), then this (which got NO media coverage, of course, and lots of mansplanations in comments of how it can't possibly be true) might be relevant to the conversation of whether or not women, with our weak little ladybrains, belong in science:

    http://hbr.org/2011/06/defend-your-research-what-makes-a-team-smarter-more-women/ar/1

    I love the tone of puzzlement. Hey, we verified it, we can't make it go away, although it doesn't make sense, of course. (Makes perfect sense. Sociologists have documented that in groups, women communicate differently than men, and everyone participates more and is listened to more. Parallel processors.)

    Call me a crazy manhater, but I think this is actually a revolutionary bit of information. Seems like all kinds of groups (nations, say, or businesses--or, say, perhaps, presidential campaign organizations which in spite of huge amounts of money being spent against them, manage to win, and oh, just happen to be the team where the boss listens to women and has lots of women on his team...) should be knowing about this. For, like, the future, and stuff.

    I had no idea where else on your blog to post this comment since I only discovered your blog two days ago and although I have been readin like crazy since, this seems to be the only spot I can find to post something this random.

    • Zuska says:

      Very, very interesting...I think the researchers could be a bit more careful to emphasize that it is nothing essential to being a woman that makes groups function better with more women, rather the bit about increased social sensitivity, which women tend to score higher on...this is a skill that can be developed, not something inherent in ladybits. But given our current social/cultural arrangements, probably the best thing a company or org could do to increase group intelligence would be to get some women on the team (who, of course, know the business of what the team is about).

      • Rhi says:

        Well, yes and no about it being something essential about being a woman. I think men can and do have a range of social sensitivity, and I think in some men their innate social gifts have been brought out and enhanced by a good upbringing. I also think as women we suffer through similar invalidation and oppression and psychic and physical destruction, which probably affects how we see the world and other people in ways that are mostly unique to women and due to our shared experience.

        But there is some evidence that social sensitivity is biologically/neurologically complex as well (think "autism spectrum.") And there is a great deal of variation in how the genes in our brains express, differently in female and male bodies.

        I'm not sure we can rule out definitively that there could be something unique to females in this ability to think cooperatively. But it sure fits with my experience of thinking in groups.

        Anyway, I'm putting my retirement money into companies with lots of women at the helm from now on.

  • Rhi says:

    or the short version: I kinda think the "social sensitivity" thing was just, well, "we have to say SOMEthing...Don't worry, we're not saying that women could possibly be SUPERIOR to men in any way...somehow valuable and worth listening to. It's not women. It's just "people with social sensitivity." What is the measurement of social sensitivity? Did they test? did they do a scale? Decent replicable study ? Betcha a hundred bucks they just made that shit up.

  • fsu girl says:

    Zuska,
    I came across your blog during a search for more information on dealing with my chronic migraines. I have enjoyed going back through your archives and reading. I have some questions I was hoping you wouldn't mind answering. I can post them here or privately via email, whichever you prefer. Pcooley972@gmail.com

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