Quickies: Diversity in science journalism, how racism works, and Paralympians

  • Including diverse voices in science stories – “According to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), a nonprofit effort to track women’s representation in media stories, women are the central focus in only 14 percent of science and health stories, and only 19 percent of experts quoted are women…People of color are likewise poorly represented in the news media, including in science stories.”
  • Leslie Jones faces constant abuse, because that’s how racism works – “What else do people need to see before they realize that racism is a vile, vicious daily assault that faces black Americans today – in every sphere and on every platform, but egregiously so online?” From Alex.
  • Instead of using actual Paralympians, Vogue Brazil photoshops able-bodied models – “People with disabilities are some of the most underrepresented in media. A 2016 study by Ruderman White Paper found that 95% percent of characters on the top 10 shows on American television do not have a character with a disability, even though one in five Americans do.” From Mary.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson tears down a sexist science joke – Something to give you a little hope. Update: It’s actually an impersonator account, but still worth a read.
  • Cute Animal Friday! The octopus soooooo cute they might name it adorabilis.
  • Featured image from the wonderful WOCinTech Flickr.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. According to that twitter discussion, it wasn’t actually Niel Degrasse Tyson who tore that terrible sexist joke apart, but a impersonator account.

    Not that the takedown is any less poignant, but it is a misattribution.

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