Girls and Boys with Science Toys
Now, yes, I do understand one crucial part of what he’s saying in that quote. Even if you are a Very Serious Scientist doing Very Important Work, some part of you is a super-thrilled little kid who gets to play with some of the biggest and baddest toys that humanity has ever built. This doesn’t just hold true for astronomers, but scientists and other STEM professionals that use supercolliders, build airplanes, or manipulate DNA. That is a sentiment worth sharing and only helps to further humanize scientists in the public eye. Humanizing scientists, after all, seems to be a very important goal of this NPR piece. But the focus on boys is disturbing.