The importance of language in shaping scientific practice is not always readily apparent, and both practitioners and the public can take words and phrases in science for granted. Yet, the study of the natural world is the process of giving order through naming, and unconscious or conscious stereotypes are inevitably imposed through this process because the process of labeling is primarily a social and cultural activity. Gender biases in scientific rhetoric and the continued impact of them on science over the last century have been particularly noticeable in the study of biological anthropology. However, recent strides in the last 20 years have begun to dismantle the rhetorical sexism upon which the study of human origins has been built. Scientists sought to develop stages through which humans progressed until they reached its zenith, the European man. What may not be so obvious are the gendered connotations.
Also Evolving: The Language of Sexism in Biological Anthropology
Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains
Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex or gender. Sexism can affect anyone, but it primarily affects women and girls. According to Fred R. Shapiro , the term "sexism" was most likely coined on November 18, , by Pauline M. Both the racist and the sexist are acting as if all that has happened had never happened, and both of them are making decisions and coming to conclusions about someone's value by referring to factors which are in both cases irrelevant. Also, according to Shapiro, the first time the term "sexism" appeared in print was in Caroline Bird 's speech "On Being Born Female", which was published on November 15, , in Vital Speeches of the Day p. Sexism is judging people by their sex when sex doesn't matter.
W hen young men and women come up against sexist stereotypes masquerading as science , Angela Saini wants them to be armed with the facts. To female scientists fed up with being treated as though their brains are the odd exceptions among their sex, Inferior is more than just a book. On 31 July a crowdfunding campaign to send a copy of Inferior to every mixed secondary school in England with more than 1, pupils was launched by Dr Jessica Wade, a British physicist who writes Wikipedia pages a year to raise the profile of female scientists. I hope if my book can empower her, it can empower other young women, and men, too. The key message she hopes her readers will take away is that nothing in science suggests equality is not possible.