Is it important to you that you know the gender of the person who writes the stuff you read?
Most of us wouldn’t realise the assumptions we make based on reading the byline of a newspaper or journal article, and associating that name with a female or male identity.
This is a topic which came up at the recent session at the ScienceOnline2013 conference, in which scicurious told a tale of how she deliberately avoided references to her gender when she first started blogging; she just wanted to write, and without attracting any of the assumptions – and perhaps trolling – which might result from overlaying ‘femaleness’ onto her identity.
Just a few days ago there was some sort of global eruption when the collator of the hugely popular I F*#king Love Science Facebook page incidentally revealed herself to be female.
As reported in a Guardian article, many responses told us we have a long way to go before we reach a level playing field for women and men in and reporting on science.
[image thanks to ralphbijker on flickr]