Rhetorical question: Why is there so much discrimination against scientists? In especially physicists? My department is lovely and I have never gotten anything but support and respect from the faculty but everyone else is a different story. This is a very common complaint among female scientists and science students, so I won't pretend to be indignant like this is the first time that I've ever heard of *GASP* stereotyping! People don't even see me as normal. I'm not an exceptional, Einstein-like physicist who spouts off equations and smugly sweeps aside people with 'lesser majors' but when people find out what my major is, a lot of them get defensive. Like the business majors will suddenly start talking about how brutal their classes are and one lit major started going on and on and on about how many thousands of pages she has to read a week. Qua? Also, apparently I can't even be semi-normal. "Hey dude, we should call up Silvy and see if she wants to go out with us." "No dude, leave her alone. She's probably buried in the physics library scribbling on some chalkboard or doing experiments or something." And another physics girl complained about the same thing; that people immediately thought all physics majors were suspender-wearing dorks in beanies who have no lives, relationships, or interests except for physics. When they finally met her and saw that she was normal and fun-loving, they then stereotyped her as not being any good at physics and asking when she'd transfer out? It's not even just the girls. A lot of guys in my department are sweet and normal, if a little shy and they're constantly depreciating themselves as lifeless nerds. On these forums as well, there's people asking if physics majors ever get married? Craziness. Chemists and biologists are conceivably normal but us physicists, with our blackboards, and big formulas, and numbers are apparently a different species.