“My impression of the Conference of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually high concentration of unattractive women. The super model types are completely absent. What is going on? Are unattractive women particularly attracted to neuroscience? Are beautiful women particularly uninterested in the brain? No offense to anyone..” -Dario Maestripieri
Yes, it’s nice to know that regardless of what contribution I make in science, I’ll just be judged on my looks. And yes because every unattractive woman want to pursue a career in neuroscience, and attractive women just wince at the thought of neuroscience. Truly progressive sir, truly progressive.
All sarcasm aside, I’m sure he’s not alone in this opinion. Regardless of where I stand in the spectrum, as a woman it’s just discouraging and offensive to be solely judged on looks rather than merit, especially since I’m trying to pursue a career in neuropharmacology.