Male Scientists Throughout History Described As If They Were Women

It doesn’t take a very thorough survey of media coverage of athletes, film stars and scientists to see that women are more often valued for their appearances and relationships than their work. But what if stories written about men were written in the same way?

Twitter user @Daurmith decided to turn the tables and tweeted short biographies of famous male scientists with a twist.

I started to write small bios of famous (male) scientists as they’d be written had they been women.

— Daurmith (@Daurmith) January 30, 2016

“Pierre Curie, married and proud father of two, found time for love and family during his short scientific career.»

— Daurmith (@Daurmith) January 30, 2016

@Daurmith, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Huffington Post that the inspiration for the tweets was an article written about the backlash poet Sarah Howe received after winning the TS Eliot Prize. Skeptics suggested Howe’s looks had something to do with her award.

This sexist criticism inspired @Daurmith to tweet short biographies for figures like Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, making sure to highlight details about their appearances and love lives (details included in a large amount of coverage of women) along the way.

The bios (which were first shared in Spanish before being tweeted in English later) focus on scientists instead of writers or poets like Howe because @Daurmith follows many scientists on Twitter and reads a lot on the topic. Many of the scientists included are fairly prominent historical figures — making the flipped-script descriptions especially striking.

“No one could imagine that behind Newton’s large eyes and frail appearance hid one of the most prodigious brains in the world.”

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