In Science, Men Are Assumed Competent Until Proven Otherwise. Women Are Assumed Incompetent Until Proven Otherwise
The Wall Street Journal on how men and women are treated differently in science. To sum it up: men are assumed to be competent until proven otherwise. Women are assumed to be incompetent until proven otherwise. Sharon Begley writes:
Ben Barres had just finished giving a seminar at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 10 years ago, describing to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and other top institutions his discoveries about nerve cells called glia. As the applause died down, a friend later told him, one scientist turned to another and remarked what a great seminar it had been, adding, “Ben Barres’s work is much better than his sister’s.”
There was only one problem. Prof. Barres, then as now a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, doesn’t have a sister in science. The Barbara Barres the man remembered was Ben.
Prof. Barres is transgendered, having completed the treatments that made him fully male 10 years ago. The Whitehead talk was his first as a man, so the research he was presenting was done as Barbara.
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British military funds sex changes
“Britain’s Ministry of Defense says it has paid for sex-change operations for as many as five serving soldiers.” Read all about it here:
A spokesman said on Saturday that “a small number, no more than five” soldiers had undergone gender reassignment operations funded by the ministry.
“The MoD medical services provide similar services to the military that are available to civilians on the National Health Service,” he said.
“If the doctors treating a soldier think there is an appropriate and genuine need, then surgery is considered.
“There have been a small number of operations carried out. We do not have the surgical facilities for the surgery. It is carried out by the National Health Service,” he said.
The Netherlands Legalizes Gay Marriage
As expected, the Netherlands has legalized gay marriage. The story comes from Plastic and can be found on CNN:
Four gay couples have exchanged rings and vows at Amsterdam’s City Hall in the first same-sex marriages recognised by any country.
Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen officiated at the ceremony for three male couples and one female couple, which took place immediately after the law permitting gays to wed took effect at midnight on Saturday.
It was the denouement of a 15-year campaign to allow gay couples equal rights under civil law. The legislation easily passed through both houses of parliament last year.