Margaret C. Hardy reports that the life sciences have recently come under fire with a study that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments and found that 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. The research team also found that within the hierarchy of academic field sites surveyed, the majority of incidents were perpetrated by peers and supervisors. "More often it is the men of one’s own field team, one’s co-workers, who violate their female colleagues," writes A. Hope Jahren:
There is a fundamental and culturally learned power imbalance between men and women, and it follows us into the workplace. The violence born of this imbalance follows us also. We would like to believe that it stops short of following us into the laboratory and into the field — but it does not. I listen to my colleagues talk endlessly about recruiting more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, and postulate what the barriers might be. Sexual assault is a pernicious and formidable barrier to women in science, partly because we have consistently gifted to it our silence. I have given it 18 years of my silence and I will not give it one day more.
Many of us work in fields related to this study - what are your experiences?
(Score: 2) by Justin Case on Monday September 22 2014, @11:40AM
Did any scientists ever stop to wonder why nature designed males to be stronger, and females to be weaker? There must be a reason. A scientific reason.
(Score: 1) by harmless on Monday September 22 2014, @12:47PM
Nature doesn't design anything.
The fact that men are stronger than women suggests, that this is somehow advantageous for the species. Nothing more, nothing less.
Especially, it doesn't follow that men harassing women is advantageous. Instead it might actually be disadvantageous, but not enough to balance out the advantages from the difference in power.
(On the other hand, men harassing women might still be advantageous to the species, unless we can prove otherwise.)
But even if men harassing women was advantageous to the species, that doesn't mean we have to condone it as a culture.
(Score: 1) by art guerrilla on Monday September 22 2014, @03:53PM
biologically speaking, neither the sperm nor the egg 'care' if the insemination was mutually enjoyable, or it was rape...
either way, the species is perpetuated, yeah species ! ! !
thus, one could say Nature doesn't give a shit either way...
(Score: 3, Funny) by bob_super on Monday September 22 2014, @06:56PM
But but but... I was told by a highly reputable source that female bodies reject the sperm of rapists, ensuring that only sluts get pregnant out of wedlock, and they don't deserve abortions...
You can't be right, because an elected official would never lie!