A linkspam stole my baby! (November 6th, 2009)

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10 thoughts on “A linkspam stole my baby! (November 6th, 2009)

  1. Sara

    I had a relative who was a woman scientist at NASA for some years; ultimately, their household found that it was just not possible to juggle having twins and the long hours necessary to maintaining two engineering careers, and her husband had seniority (and therefore the larger income), so he kept his job and she stayed home with the kids.

    1. WhyMommy (Susan)

      Sara, unfortunately your relative’s story is all too common. Hey, it was mine too! But I found a way to keep at it, and in fact there are more and more ways for women to get back into the science they thought they had to leave. If she’s in planetary science, she may want to check out what the Planetary Science Institute is doing for remote researchers. Even if she’s not, I’d love to have her visit our blog and talk about her experience and maybe help her get connected again.

      It makes me sick to see talented women drop out because of flexibility issues.

  2. PharaohKatt

    I just want to address the title of this linkspam. I actually think it’s quite problematic for a feminist site to jokingly make a reference to the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance. The case was rife with sexism; Lindy Chamberlain was tried with murder and her account not believed because she was deemed to be hysterical. “A dingo ate my baby” has become shorthand in Australia to refer to an hysterical woman.
    It’s also full of racism in the way that the testimony of an Aboriginal man was ignored because he gave according to custom: spoke on behalf of his wife in the third person.

    I’m assuming you aren’t Australian, and so might not be aware of all the implications. I just wanted to say that I found it really jarring and problematic.

    1. Dorothea

      Ouch. I apologize for that. We’ll definitely try to do better in future.

      1. PharaohKatt

        Ok then. I do remember both of those titles, but I never made the connection. (Although, Linkspam standing on its hind legs? What is that referencing?)

        I still have the same gut reaction when I read it, but thank you for explaining the reasoning. It makes a lot more sense now.

        1. Skud

          It’s a quote from Samuel Johnson: “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”

  3. Jonquil

    “Werner quickly apologises, saying “I fully support the statements you made that this is not acceptable.” Quickest, least painful conference incident ever!”

    YAAAAY. Way to play it.

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