The Scully Effect
One of the most frustrating aspects of this scarcity is that we know just how significant an influence powerful female, scientist role models can have on young women.
Perhaps the most prominent example of this power has come to be known as the “Scully Effect.” Named for Special Agent Dana Scully, the medical doctor and FBI agent who was one half of the investigative team on “The X-Files”, the Scully Effect accounts for the notable increase in women who pursued careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement as a result of living with Dana Scully over the nine years “The X-Files” ran on Fox.
The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet the character of Dana Scully remains a powerful example of how a dynamic female character whose primary pursuit is science—not romantic relationships—can have a lasting impact on our culture.
— by Christopher Zumski Finke (x)
Actual conversation in my lab:
Male coworker: “Why is everyone so obsessed with Scully?She’s not *that special*. Why aren’t they talking about other female scientists in the media?”
*I know there is Bones and The Big Bang Theory, but how about some media featuring women in STEM that aren’t defined by their romantic relationships?
Aside from Asami from Legend of Korra, I can’t think of a female character who I’ve more frequently wished was real than Dana Scully. She’s everything a medical scientist should be—and I mean the men, too.
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My kid always looks like the weight of the world is on his shoulders… Maybe it’s just cause he’s only 2 weeks old and his eyes don’t focus yet, but I like to think that perhaps staring introspectively into the void is just in his genes.
It’s the “just got out of my egg” version of shell-shock.
Just filled out my health insurance forms!
yeah!!! fucking around with health insurance forms!!!!
I hate when people complain about “oh health forms are stupid they want my biological sex instead of my gender!!!!” or “they only have male or female!!!”
There’s a reason for that, you dumb fucks, and they’re referring to biological sex
Different health risks are present in different sexes, and whatever gender is in your head does not change the fact that if you were born female, you have a higher risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis, and if you were born male you have a higher risk for heart disease and often a shorter lifespan than a female.
In other words, your biological sex is an important factor in health and health insurance, and your special snowflake status doesn’t change that.
Coulda said it nicer but it’s true; it’s about health.
No. There gets a point where nice doesn’t work. There’s too many stupid ass angsty teens on here that are gonna get themselves seriously hurt or sick because they wanna be a special fucking snowflake. Lemme tell you a thing. Doctors don’t give a flying fuck what you identify as. All they want to know is do you have two X chromosomes or an XY? Because cancer and lupus and certain medicines don’t give a flying fuck what pronouns you use. This is about your fucking LIFE. stop being angsty for TWELVE SECONDS because when you’re in an ambulance or going into cardiac arrest or whatever the situation may be, it’s ESSENTIAL that you get your head out of your ass long enough to tell them your BIOLOGICAL SEX that you were BORN WITH. It literally may save your life.
Except that (1) this is not just used for biological sex, it is also used for, say, appropriate pronouns and putting people with roommates of the same gender in hospitals and stuff, in which case not having separate sex and gender questions is shitty and trans-exclusive
(2) trans people often have different biological sexes than cis people of their birth assignment
a person with breasts is at risk for breast cancer whether they got them in first puberty or second puberty
a person with testosterone has a higher level of hemoglobin and red blood cells, putting them at higher risk of heart attacks, whether it is injected or natural
OTOH, everyone with a cervix is at risk of cervical cancer and everyone with a prostate is at risk of prostate cancer
interactions between male-sexed and female-sexed aspects of one’s anatomy may also cause health issues (for instance, testosterone may increase risk of uterine cancer)
if they are asking for biological sex, it makes sense to have “male,” “female,” and “transgender/intersex”, so the doctor can ask for more information in the latter case and know what particular sexed traits you do and don’t have
Also, trans and nonbinary have specific mental health needs, if only because they’re more likely to need counseling after somebody acts like a bigoted asshole for the fifty thousandth time.
Also, biological sex is a statistical bin, not an actual reality. Sex is nonbinary as well. ”male” traits are what’s been shown to be statistically significant in males; NOT what works for your individual case. Same with female traits. Every biology is a unique biology. Forcing us into two categories on health insurance forms serves one purpose, and it’s not making your health better—it’s figuring out what to charge you. Check “male,” and you’re going to get charged a different amount than a female based on your likelihood of getting sick. What’s worse is, you can be sued for fraud if you “lie” on this.