Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.
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There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. – Aristotle

5 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. TraceyS says:

    Excellent quote from Dr Cather Simpson (from Q+A this morning):

    “The doors are wide open and people are ushering young women in like this and what I would advise them is that you’ve got to walk through the door but you’ve also got to realise that just because the door’s being held open for you doesn’t mean that it’s going to be an easy path. You do this job because you love it.”


  2. Andrei says:

    Tracey – Yawwwwwn

    Same old tired identity politics – it is BORING

    Everybody has difficulties to overcome as they march through life in a complex world’

    Blaming these difficulties on gender, race, religion, looking funny, speaking funny – all of which can produce negative responses in other people is a cowards way out.

    Life’s a bitch and then you die


  3. TraceyS says:

    Difficulties are to be valued. I see mine as my gold. Why would I blame anyone for making me rich?


  4. Andrei says:

    Here’s a woman with something to complain about unlike those iPhone carrying children of privilege linked above


  5. JC says:

    “Tracey – Yawwwwwn

    Same old tired identity politics – it is BORING”
    Actually its much worse than that. On a whim I watched the programme and was shocked to discover that it was inspired in part by the “sexist”comments of Tim Hunt, one of the worlds pre-eminent scientists.

    “She also slammed the controversial comments made by former president of Harvard University Larry Summers who claimed women may be biologically less-suited to certain scientific work.

    However, she didn’t want to point the finger at anyone.

    The “purpose in talking and writing about sexism in science is to find answers, not to apportion blame”, she said.

    Her book comes after a Nobel-winning British scientist, Sir Tim Hunt was subject to heavy backlash and resigned from his job at the University College London after claiming that women in science were prone to crying.”

    The programme has Hunt front and center as an example of sexism in science for comments he made in early June 2015, Gaston’s book came out in October 2015 and the dateline for the TVNZ programme is 22nd November this year.

    Hunt was forced to resign his job and all his pretigious appointments to science around the world and a 50 reputation for brilliant science and work for women in science was destroyed forever.

    By the end of June 2015 the real story was coming out and within a couple more weeks the world knew the maligning of Hunt was a complete and utter fabrication by several women evil women scientists and writers aided and abetted by their followers on Twitter.

    Much of the story is here..

    And here..

    It is a horrifying witchhunt that its defenders are still saying even if it wasn’t true it should be.

    Gaston, TVNZ, the interviewer all knew this story was a lie yet they rolled with it because it was too good to leave out and so at this end of the world a great man is still being calumniated by vicious and despicable people for profit and an agenda to politicise and socialise science.

    .. and don’t get me started about the Larry Summers hysteria..



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