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Jun 12 2010

Female scientists: They’re super effective!

Exciting breaking news, everybody! This is a monumental step for female scientists everywhere. I just found out that we have the first female professor in a scientific field long dominated by men. I’d like to introduce Professor Araragi…the new Pokemon Professor!

Yes, I’m excited for Pokemon Black & White to be released. Don’t judge me for hanging on to a piece of my childhood – the games are addictive and fun! I did geek out about the Professor being a woman, though. Hey, when popular culture starts recognizing that scientists can be female – especially an attractive female instead of a frumpy stereotype – that’s a step in the right direction.

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  1. 1
    Jessica Sideways

    Oh yeah, I definitely would have been disappointed if the female scientist looked like me too. ;-PBut yeah, I’m still addicted to the Pokemon games and it’s been quite a few years since I got my first taste of Pokemon madness. First blood… ;-P

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    Joé McKen

    Glad to see a female professor as anyone, but … sheesh, that hair. Looks like a cross between a beehive and a turd. Are female scientists supposed to have no taste in hairstyles? =/Okay, stupid nitpicking done. I lost interest in Pokémon eons ago, but a bit of geeky nostalgia’s always fun.

  3. 3
    Friend

    I hate you so much

  4. 4
    Andrew Gorman

    AWWWWW Lookit the cute little critter next to the kewt professor!!!! X3*ahem* I mean, I highly look forward to another pleasant gaming experience.

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    The Mad Dreaner

    Looking forward to the games. They should be quite good.

  6. 6
    Andrew Gorman

    I would say not to forget about Professor Ivy, even though she was never in the games.

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    Introbulus

    I wholeheartedly approve of the new Pokemon Professor. =)

  8. 8
    Dae

    I have only two things to say about this: YAY!I CHOOSE YOU, CYNDAQUIL!*goes back to Soul Silver*

  9. 9
    Supallcomm

    Oh come on, long before they ever dreamed of the female Pokemon Professor, there was…..Ema Skye, Scientific Investigator!http://media.giantbomb.com/upl

  10. 10
    Michael LaRowe

    What about all those women on Star Trek? Seven of Nine, as played by Jerri Ryan, was a sex-symbol for geeks AND something like an astro-location specialist or something, I’m not quite sure what her job was, I just know she had to be really smart to do it.

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    Dae

    I thought Seven of Nine was pretty badass myself (I wanted to BE her for a while when I was in my pre-teens…), but wasn’t happy with the fact that it was painfully obvious (even to me, at that age – and everyone else I’ve spoken to about the show, at any rate) that she was put on the show simply for the sex appeal. There have certainly been many intelligent, powerful women in media in the last decade or so, but I think Jen’s point was that the central authoritative figures in the Pokemon world, specifically, have up to this point been male.

  12. 12
    Introbulus

    You, sir or ma’am, are made of win.

  13. 13
    Ryan Schneider

    I’m going to end up preordering both games, and when I play through them I’m going to slowly come to the sad realization, once again, that all the pokemon games are the same. I haven’t heard much about the new ones, but I hope they either didn’t come up with another hundred pokemon or got more creative with the names this time.Also, is Araragi a tree, or have they ended a perfectly entertaining naming convention?

  14. 14
    Rupert Lostman

    She has no teeth. You can’t unsee it.

  15. 15
    jimmyboy99

    Isn’t the issue that what they look like actually seems to matter? You might not like the frumpy stereotype. But promoting the other end of the spectrum hardly seems likely to be helpful either, right?

  16. 16
    Jonathan Bernal

    OMG, I love you for this!! Did you get this from the Bulbanews RSS feed by any chance?

  17. 17
    GoldNsilver

    This is my shameful secret as well. I love the Pokemon games. Instead of playing them as a child and weening off them as I grew steadily older and more ‘mature’, my only thoughts were ‘now I can buy them with my own money straight away!’ when I got a job.

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    Svlad Cjelli

    The other characters have huge ponytails and mullets. It’s obviously the current fashion trends in the land of Isshu.

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    Svlad Cjelli

    The reply ended up in the wrong place. This was meant for Joé McKen.

  20. 20
    Svlad Cjelli

    It’s a yew tree. Professor Yew. *snicker*

  21. 21
    Svlad Cjelli

    Up close, the critter looks like Rolf Harris. You cannot unsee it. But I still think it’s cute.

  22. 22
    Andrew Hall

    What I don’t like is that the professor continues the stereotype of having super HUGE eyes and strange hair.http://laughinginpurgatory.blo

  23. 23
    the_Siliconopolitan

    Beyblade had drs Judy and K. almost a decade ago. Two of the few characters that weren’t bumbling fool.errrrr … I mean … I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  24. 24
    the_Siliconopolitan

    Are female scientists supposed to have no taste in hairstyles? =/

    yes

  25. 25
    chicagodyke

    i didn’t even know it was a game. i thought it was a cartoon show. how is it played? nevermind, i probably wouldn’t get into it. i’m too old to have been part of the craze and frankly, i don’t care for that style of animation/drawing. but ymmv.

  26. 26
    Svlad Cjelli

    Who is a forensic scientist. Which is not a pokemon professor.

  27. 27
    schismtracer

    You’re entirely unfamiliar with Japan, I take it.

  28. 28
    libraboy

    Is it just me, or does she look just a little like Sarah Palin (shudder).

  29. 29
    Supallcomm

    Yes, Ema Skye was a character in the Ace Attorney series of games put out by Capcom over some number of years.

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    Gretchen

    Very cool! I added female scientist gifts to my Girls Can’t WHAT? shop a few years back and the design has been pretty popular. I’ve even had requests from universities to use it in presentations and handouts. Nice to see some other places catching up with women in science. Have to agree about the hair, tho – looks a little outdated.

  31. 31
    Derpderp

    You’re about 10 years too late.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P

  32. 32
    Teahound

    I think she means in regards to video game canon though, since the storylines for the show vs the games are very different. (The main character in the game is more serious and is named Red, and the tv show was only loosely based on the games. Ash in the show acts more how the main character in Gold and Silver is portrayed, very silly with serious moments.)Short version is while Professor Ivy is canon to the show, she does not exist in the games so you’re both right in a sense. =)

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    Andrew Hall

    It’s a joke.

  34. 34
    BeamStalk

    Pokemon are very good rpgs.

  35. 35
    Svlad Cjelli

    Indeed. A character who has nothing to do with the field of pokemon research.

  36. 36
    Baz Mahtaz

    What about professor Ivy? o-o

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