In 2021, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora determined that males amounted to 69 percent of people quoted in Nature’s journalism articles.
The reaction to this did not consider whether this reflected more males in the sciences but instead approached it as de facto evidence of an untoward bias against women. It all seemed very unscientific.
Anyhow, Nature now offers an update pointing out that the “data show that we are continuing to make progress” before adding the obligatory, “But there is clearly still work to do.”
There always is, isn’t there?
Nature reports, “Our data show that people using he/him pronouns comprised around 55% of those quoted or paraphrased in written articles published since April 2021, with about 36% using she/her pronouns. There were 24 people with they/them pronouns, and 5 who used other pronouns (see ‘Nature’s journalism in charts’). The preferred pronouns of most of the remaining 9% are not known, meaning that of those who did disclose their preference, around 60% used he/him pronouns and some 40% used she/her.”
Everyone reading this should stand and clap. You never know who may be watching. It could be Big Brother. It could be Big Sister.
More likely, it’s someone who objects to sizeist terms such as “big” and cisnormative language such as “brother” and “sister.”
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