Schools romances teaching professional dating
I have another scientist friend with whom I trade You Tube links for make-up tutorials.
The sad reality is: appearances matter, and they matter all the more for female academics. I have to work quite hard to be taken seriously by men at all, so I’m actually very conscious about all of my appearance in a work context, all the time.
Nobody who maybe started out struggling in school, but then ended up discovering a love for, say, chemistry, and persevered?
Here’s something that anyone with a Ph D will tell you: intelligence alone is not a great predictor of success in academia.
I feel like there are probably interesting stories and topics to explore here, but that sadly never happens, because that wouldn’t fit into the whole make-over narrative.
I’m not saying that none of them exist in real life, or that any of them are intrinsically bad, but the fact that all female academics I’ve seen described in romance novels so far basically exhibited the majority of these characteristics (and others) makes me think there’s something seriously wrong with how society views women in science. It’s either “Oh, I’ve never been good at maths, haha” (that pisses me off, too, but that’s a rant for another day) or “I’m so smart I did four Ph Ds and didn’t think of anything else, ever.” Nothing in between?
I guess that makes for a good Cinderella-type story, and that’s a trope that seems to be universally popular (because women are only worth their looks, ).
I’m sure there are scientists like that, but I also know a scientist who runs a successful fashion blog aside from stuff like, you know, figuring out how black holes work.
I don’t at all pretend to be the most suave person on the planet.
But that doesn’t mean we’re all incapable of finishing a whole sentence without stammering, or generally act like a grown-ass human being in the company of others.