Main Question or Discussion Point
the clip of the 2018 french Nobel Prize in physics is controversial in France: what do you think ?
Unless you think portraying women in hard-hats as sexist, I didn't see anything in the CERN video that sends the message the women in physics are not to be treated seriously. Unlike the Mourou video. In that odd laboratory dance scene, the men keep on their lab coats and the women take them off...
If you check my post I mentioned that this scene is out of place.In that odd laboratory dance scene, the men keep on their lab coats and the women take them off...
The video would not necessarily lead one to conclude that physics is a male domain. But it reinforces the perception that many already have (Prof. Strumia's remarks were not made in a vacuum - he must have perceived that he had an audience for his remarks) that it is a male domain and that women in physics are not to be taken seriously. Since his Nobel prize co-winner is a woman this is rather unfortunate for Mourou to be seen in this way. I am suggesting that this should be an important opportunity for him to speak out about the need to encourage women to pursue careers in physics.I saw the clip and frankly thought it was just ridiculous and stupid, and seeing Dr. Mourou "dance" elicited a mix of reactions from "funny" (in a "laugh at" Mourou rather than "laugh with") to "cringe-inducing". But curiously enough, I didn't get the perception from the video shown of science in general (and physics in particular) as a "male dominion", and I suspect that thought didn't cross his mind either.
Maybe it should have? I'll be honest and say that I don't know.