Sometimes this crap is pretty blatant.
Dario Maestripieri was facebooking from the Society for Neuroscience meetings. Does anybody see anything wrong with this observation?
My impression of the Conference of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually high concentration of unattractive women. The super model types are completely absent. What is going on? Are unattractive women particularly attracted to neuroscience? Are beautiful women particularly uninterested in the brain? No offense to anyone…
“No offense to anyone”…oh, yeah, that makes it all better. But man, am I ever glad that I personally have super-model good looks so that all those years I was attending SfN nobody would have cause to criticize me. Fortunately for him, too, Maestripieri is drop-dead gorgeous, or his membership in the society might have to be rescinded for failure to meet the beauty standards (which I don’t recall seeing mentioned in the application, but it’s been a few years.)
I wouldn’t worry, though. Apparently Dr Maestripieri is chairing a search committee at his university, and I’m sure he’ll be doing what he can to improve the attractiveness of the pool of neuroscience faculty attending this meeting in the future. (Ladies! If you get an interview, you might want to think about some cosmetic surgery ahead of time, and be sure to use cosmetics and wear something sexy — these are important criteria for studying the brain.)
DrugMonkey, Janet Stemwedel, and Dr Isis have all posted on this incident, and the wonderful thing is that all three already have sexist dolts in their comment threads telling them that they’re over-reacting or that what Dr Maestripieri said wasn’t so bad.