The Advice Goddess criticises women scientists who were upset at a bobblehead doll show that featured, inter alia, Marie Curie being sexually assaulted. Whether or not this is merely a joke or falls squarely into the category of bad taste is something I will leave up to the sensibilities of my readers; this post is about Alkon’s inappropriate criticism of the women scientists. Alkon writes,
.[...] If you feel diminished as a woman and as a scientist because of a video like this, well, I don’t think you’re much of a person or a scientist.
(Emphasis my own.) Bad people can do great science. Thin-skinned people, angry people, rude people, tacky people – the science that they do does not depend on Alkon’s opinion of them as people because scientific principles do not make exceptions for neurotic people. Basic logic, right?
But, as it turns out, Alkon really likes this “not much of a scientist” attack: it is, in fact, identical to the attack she used against me back in September.