Science Columnist: If Your Adviser Is Looking Down Your Shirt, Just ‘Put Up With It’

What should a scientist do if she catches her adviser eyeing her cleavage? According to an article posted on Science magazine’s website, she should probably just “put up with it” for the sake of her career.

Come again?

The article, entitled “Help! My adviser won’t stop looking down my shirt,” appeared in the advice column “Ask Alice” on Monday morning.

Shortly thereafter, men and women across the Twitterverse voiced their opinions on the iffy advice (scroll down for a selection) — and the article was taken down.

(Story continues below tweets).

So #WomeninSTEM should just tolerate being ogled at because we *need* a male advisor to help us advance.

— Michelle (@Bailiuchan) June 1, 2015

You might think about and look a bit more frumpy. #CrapScienceCareersAdvice

— Kathleen Nicoll, PhD (@nika_desert) June 1, 2015

What is also ridiculous about that piece is that it implies science is SO SPECIAL you should be ok with enduring harassment. Because science

— Kate Clancy (@KateClancy) June 1, 2015

I think the problem with that “advice” piece is that it’s *not* unusual, either from @ScienceCareers or elsewhere.

— Matthew R. Francis (@DrMRFrancis) June 1, 2015

.@ScienceCareers column told a postdoc to “put up with” her leering advisor. @SarcasticRover‘s advice is better.

— Mindy Weisberger (@LaMinda) June 1, 2015

In the original article, which can be viewed here, a woman who identifies herself as “Bothered” asks:

Q: I’ve just joined a new lab for my second postdoc. It’s a good lab. I’m happy with my project. I think it could really lead to some good results. My adviser is a good scientist, and he seems like a nice guy. Here’s the —> Read More