Then one day a page popped us for Facebookers to like. A page destined to become more popular than previous favourite Yes I will go out of my way to step on that crunchy leaf page. A page that read New Scientist for us and picked out all the science news we cared about. Which is cute animals, but in a slightly more edgy way than Cute Overload.
I Fucking Love Science has accumulated over 4.2 million likes and has posted some surprising facts of the strange but true variety but none seemingly stranger (or truer) than Wednesday's post. The administrator announced their joining of Twitter. It wasn't the slow adoption of the social networking platform de jour that got everyone raising their brows, but the fact this personal Twitter account belonged to a woman. @Elise_Andrew is not just a woman in science, no, here's the ground-breaking part. She's cute.
Had the page been called I Fucking Love Nursing, we'd all (and I mean we – if we're all honest) probably think it was run by a woman administrator.
Elise Andrew was obviously surprised and a mite irritated by the reaction, tweeting “EVERY COMMENT on that thread is about how shocking it is that I'm a woman! Is it really 2013?”
This isn't some wonderful demonstration of how some women can grasp science, or can be scientists (I typoed that as scientits – perhaps we can from this day forth use that for those in the field of science who are hostile towards women co-workers). It is a horrible realisation that still, still anything with a scientific bent is seen by default as masculine. Had the page been called I Fucking Love Nursing, we'd all (and I mean we – if we're all honest) probably think it was run by a woman administrator.
In fact I am not even sure it is the surprise, or the assumption that anything science based must be run by a man. It's the idea that it is of interest, that it matters to us so much.