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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Science is sexy. And to prove it, we show you 50 sexy scientists.

No, I'm not joking. It's real, check it out:

50 Sexy Scientists

So, what do you think? Would you be flattered to be on that list?

I find it a little disturbing. Giving the scientist's looks the same merits as his/her work is like comparing pears with oranges. Or, like comparing liters with watts. In fact, I think it promotes a disturbingly negative message, which is: do I need to be beautiful to have my work noticed?

What do you think? Am I over-reacting?

NOTE: Link found via A.V. Flox.


  1. No, I don't think you're over-reacting. I saw this posted yesterday on Yonaten Zunger's stream (and he quoted Ms Flox too ;-) ) and left comments too ... in fact Zunger's analysis was quite thorough I thought.
    Anyways ... I find it disturbing ... deeply disturbing. Not only that, it is socially distracting as well ... it further acts to permit a public already misled by idealogically driven agendas to actively undermine science and scientists. Of course the quality of work is in no way linked to the way a person looks but is there now the suggestion that it perhaps should be? It's debasing and I don't swallow the crap peddled about that anything that raises the profile of science is a good thing for science. Think about it people!
    END RANT...

    That's a sexy flower btw ... :-)

    1. I totally agree, Geoff, it's misleading at the very least!

      And thank you, I figured a sexy flower would help me distract from the offensive post... :-)

  2. antisocialbutterflieFebruary 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Not just no but hell no. How did they even pick who was going to be in the list? There were grad students in there. How does a grad student get enough exposure to land on a list like this?

    Though they do get a certain amount of props for featuring some diversity, but that doesn't justify this at all.

    1. See, I'm thinking we have a crappy photographer at the lab. If it were me taking pics, hell, you'd see a lot of LANL faces on that list!!! Heehee, I wonder if I could use it as tag line: hire me as a photographer, and you'll make it to the "sexy scientist list". LOL

      Sorry, had to make some humor out of it. It's so ridiculously lame.

  3. I agree that it is lame. Science should be about, well, science and not how a person looks.

  4. Yep ... I agree. It's really weird, stupid, insulting etc.


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