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Royal Institution getting a pasting on Twitter

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EwwSprouts Wed 26-Feb-20 16:54:23

"If you identify as a woman" they'd like you to complete their survey to understand what women watch.

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Thelnebriati Wed 26-Feb-20 16:59:43

Some of the answers;
''The Royal Institution. Science Lives Here. But Has Let A Room To Some Unscientific Woo.''

''I have an idea. Every 20 seconds, hard cut to a kitten playing with a ball of wool for a few seconds - that'll keep those easily-distracted women paying attention to all that sciency stuff.''

''I "Identify" as a particle physicist. Can I have a go on the hadron collider?''

''I’m identifying as a brain surgeon tomorrow. Really looking forward to my first day on the job. Can’t be that hard, can it?''
- ''Only if you have a ladybrain''

''I identify as a woman because I want the £20 voucher.''

FamilyOfAliens Wed 26-Feb-20 17:00:02

From a science organisation. You couldn’t make this shit up.

EwwSprouts Wed 26-Feb-20 17:03:47

I liked this for cutting to the chase
"Shame on you. Peddling this snake oil bullshit."

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ListeningQuietly Wed 26-Feb-20 17:04:47

oh dear oh dear

fascinated Wed 26-Feb-20 17:05:08

The media team are probably social sciences types

Awning10 Wed 26-Feb-20 17:11:10

Thanks for link.

WrathofFaeKlopp Wed 26-Feb-20 17:11:19

They're conducting a survey asking anyone who identifies as a woman?

I need to sit down.
It beggars belief.

What has identifying as a woman got to do with anything?

ListeningQuietly Wed 26-Feb-20 17:12:00

The RI has horrific staff turnover and lost its way years ago
but "identify as" is unforgivable

Mrsfrumble Wed 26-Feb-20 17:14:19

Even without the “identify” nonsense, it’s a disappointingly patronising question. Why should women need a specific reason to watch science videos? Did they think we were trawling YouTube for make-up tutorials and stumbled upon them by mistake?

TwoHeadedYellowBelliedHoleDig Wed 26-Feb-20 17:16:41

For crying out loud.

WrathofFaeKlopp Wed 26-Feb-20 17:19:49

When it comes to the design of survey questions, how about asking women what they think they should be asking.

celtiethree Wed 26-Feb-20 17:24:29

Interestingly they changed their language on Facebook which was posted later to ‘if you are a woman’

Mockersisrightasusual Wed 26-Feb-20 17:24:52

Michael Faraday must be turning in her grave.

Gingerkittykat Wed 26-Feb-20 17:27:03

I wanted a further comment box on the survey so I could tell them I watch videos about biology and not gender.

RoyalCorgi Wed 26-Feb-20 17:35:32

Michael Faraday must be turning in her grave.


WrathofFaeKlopp Wed 26-Feb-20 17:37:26

How about designing a survey aimed at getting men more proactive in the home.

How about we set up a consultant panel of 5 people consisting of 2 women and 2 lesbians and a trans man.

Sounds reasonable to me.

iguanadonna Wed 26-Feb-20 17:41:05

Not only that, but the survey is incredibly patronizing.

I had so much fun answering it.

Let's just say there's a comment box, plus you can give them whatever name and email address you like.

Babdoc Wed 26-Feb-20 17:54:29

I take huge comfort from the massively gender critical replies - everybody, both male and female, calling the RI out on this unscientific nonsense. At last, some common sense from the previously silent majority. Keep it coming!

Cuntysnark Wed 26-Feb-20 17:55:51

I told them I watch The Clangers for proper Astro physics stuff..

mindtheclegs Wed 26-Feb-20 17:57:10

I had fun answering that survey too grin

BritneyPeedOnALadybug Wed 26-Feb-20 17:57:39

Oh dear!

Royal Institution
Replying to
We’re really sad to see the negative feedback this tweet has received - we want to be as inclusive as possible. Our most recent video had an 89/11 demographic split, and through this survey we’re trying to understand why

ListeningQuietly Wed 26-Feb-20 17:58:38

I've subscribed to New Scientist for over 30 years and still find theoretical cosmology articles mind numbingly dull grin

BritneyPeedOnALadybug Wed 26-Feb-20 17:59:49

People quite rightly replying to that tweet ^ asking how they know it’s an 89/11 split if they don’t know what sex is.

ListeningQuietly Wed 26-Feb-20 18:01:56

Our most recent video had an 89/11 demographic split
89 what to 11 what though ?
Sorry but that is piffle as my youtube channel does not look inside the underwear of viewers, especially those who are not signed in hmm

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