I just can’t even.
#1 wrote the above BEFORE this latest Henry Gee thing. But I think after the latest Nature editor letter thing. We were gonna run it next week, but decided to move it up because…
Turns out the patriarchy doesn’t like being ignored. Whodathunkit?
We cannot imagine an editor at the top social science journals of our fields going on a twitter account rampage. But then, what do you expect from an evolutionary biologist? It’s not like they do real science. It’s sad how evolution is so cool and yet the people who study it are TEH WORST. [UPDATE: Our readers inform us that we are getting Evolutionary Biology mixed up with Evolutionary Social Science and that Evolutionary Biology is totally legit. We apologize. Henry Gee is a poor representative of your discipline.] I think it’s because it’s so hard to do actual science in that field, so all they can do is compare penis length at each other (and feel better about themselves because the average is low). But it might just be like theoretical physics and it’s hysteresis– it’s always been that way and nobody wants to hang out with them because the rewards are so small for the amount of harassment one has to put up with. [Update: It appears that Henry Gee doesn’t actually do any science, real or pseudo. The irony. Truly inconsequential! Except that he has this power over publication at Nature that he should not have. Maybe the blackmail theory has something to it.]
It’s almost comical how he’s threatening dissenting (female and minority) tweeters now. He’s got some sort of “list” that he’s put them on. He’s strongly hinting it’s a blacklist because he’s got the PWR. [#1: I wanna be on THE LIST. I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT THIS WILL GO DOWN ON YOUR PERMANENT RECORD.]
He shouldn’t have that power. But he does. He still does. Two years after Womanspace.
I sure hope this time Nature takes the complaints seriously and fires him. Because if they don’t, then two years from now [or sooner!] he’s going to do something even worse and crazier. Because we keep teaching him that he can.
I’d say it’s like he’s daring Nature to fire him, but I don’t think he even thinks that’s a remote possibility. Initially I’d thought maybe he’s got blackmail dirt on someone, but no, I really think that Nature is just THAT clueless. [#1: evidence from the past seems to show…]
Anyway, as much as we’d like to ignore the patriarchy this semester while we’re teaching it, it seems like that’s not gonna be an option. Sorry, #1.