For those of you who don't know, while I love fashion and sewing and all of that good stuff, my real love and focus in life lies in science. I am currently studying to become a kickass researcher in either Neuroscience, Immunobiology or something to do with Biochemistry (I haven't decided yet, but need to get onto choosing a major soon!) Another thing that I'm pretty passionate about is how people perceive science, and the work being done by scientists. When the scientist in the movie is always either the Dr Frankenstein-type baddie or the super altruistic guy who just went too far (and pretty much always a male-type of guy), or 66% of Americans can't name a living Scientist, it makes me pretty darn sad.
I've been working with a fellow blogger and scientist Tempest who had an amazing idea of writing a series of blog posts featuring scientist fashion bloggers in order to try and challenge the stereotypes of both what a scientist is, and what a fashion blogger is.
I'm going to say that on balance, most scientists probably don't look like this:
Yet type "Scientist" into google images and you predominately get a whole variety on the white-haired bubbling-test-tubes middle-aged male mad scientist stereotype.
Basically, I want to put myself out there and say "hey, science is really damn cool" and to be of some assistance in dismantling this stereotype by not being a mad, middle-aged man constantly holding a bubbling test-tube and waving my arms about. Because these stereotypes not only have negative effects on kids choosing a future career, but also on women already in science.
(source: Rock Paper Cynic)
I don't want to quote the whole article here and wrongly take all the credit, so you can read the interview I did with Tempest (which is at the end of the post), and her amazing article by clicking here.