|Really, TV people? Again with the "male only" science hosts?|
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Emily Willingham, DXS managing editor
Today, I've seen yet another casting call for the "new Bill Nye the Science Guy" specifying a need for a male host for a science show. In fact, female science show hosts are so rare that even when a call seems to invite women as well as men, the people who write it can only think of men as examples. Ahem. Tiresome. So tiresome, in fact, that it's inspired me to make my very first video rant on behalf of women in science. [Apologies for the wobbly, underwater-like camera and my lack of a chin. I'm a writer, dammit, not a videographer. Obviously.]
Who are these women who could host shows about science? Several obvious candidates come to mind, including Carin Bondar and Joanne Manaster, who are degreed and experienced on camera and in talking about science. Another one who just eats a camera is Danielle Lee, although she's a tad busy in Tanzania right now doing, you know, science. It's possible that even television folk might consider any one of the Science Cheerleaders reasonably presentable and sufficiently educated to talk science to a television audience, or any one of our featured science communicators in our Double Xpression series profiling women into science. And that's just a starting list of the articulate, camera-friendly women out there with degrees in science and a happy capacity for communicating it to the masses.
So... can we take the gonads out of it? Or, better yet, let's Title IX this puppy and level the playing field by making sure that for opportunities like this, gonads of all kinds are welcome. Testes don't do the talking when we communicate science, so why are they an important requirement?
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