Waters and Byrne were careful to be precise and not exaggerate what happened to them, which is that they felt very uncomfortable when their conversations with one of the most powerful people in their profession turned sexual. They weren’t raped or groped, and they suffered no obvious career setbacks by failing to take Zivkovic up on what they perceived as the implicit request for sex. But they felt lousy and confused. Here’s what I found most distressing in Waters’ post: “At my most insecure moments, I still come back to this: Have I made it this far, not based on my work and worth, but on my value as a sexual object? When am I going to be found out?”
This is science bloggers please do recall. Those who one might expect to have a passing familiarity with the insights of evolution? You know, those fairly basic ideas about our and other species in which it is social status for males that gets to decide which bird gets bonked? Or, rather, that it is the social status of the male that decides whether a bird will bonk him?
That, possibly, only 40% of men that have ever lived have had children, while 80% of women who have had?
Now, I do understand that elderly men leering at younger women can be distressing for the second party. I seem to have that effect myself. But what the fuck has got into these “scientists” when they try to deny the very basics of the evolution of our (and many other) species?
Social status of men determines access to hot babes. For the reason that hot babes decide upon men on the grounds of social status of those men. Why is it the fucking scientists complaining about this?