Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah and John

TERMINATOR 3-D at Universal Studios Hollywood. Produced with the aid of Jim Cameron, this attraction pioneered the 3-D effects seen in the Las Vegas Borg Experience. The writer was fortunate to meet Jim at my birthday (which also happened to be the AAAS meeting) February 19, 2002. We share interests in undersea and Space exploration.

TERMINATOR: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been renewed for another year! Many of us girls were inspired by Sci Fi movies showing strong women of the future. Jim in particular showed many positive images of women on the way to TITANIC. ALIENS (1986) scared the teeth out of a 4-year old, but we remember Ripley fighting along with the boys and Vasquez doing chinups. In TERMINATOR 2 (1991) Sarah was re-introduced in the same shot pulling herself up with her own muscles.

Last week's events showed how much resistance remains to women in power. Vile sexist comments have circled the world aimed even at a candidate's daughter. Motherhood is difficult enough without the world watching. As we know, Sarah Connor was a young unwed mother. This post is not favouring one American party; Hilary supporters are disappointed that she was not even considered for VP.

Much of this online sexism has been spread by blogs, even "Kosmic" variants. A year ago we saw the same characters make an infantile attack on Tommaso, a real scientist reporting groundbreaking research. These people do not present at scientific meetings, but do show up at the Yearly Kos. As someone who knows them, I urge them to think about their words.

In the movie 300 Lena Headley held up the home front while the men went to battle. As in the Pelopponessian War, freedom periodically must be defended. Today she is Sarah Connor fighting for the future. Women are fighting in wars, and even vying for leadership. We believe in Sarah and know that she will continue the fight.

A to Z with the Carnival of Space!

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Blogger Kea said...

Yeah. Here in NZ, despite her unbelievably scary conservative views, Palin has received mostly positive press, just because she's such a cool woman. She certainly took some limelight away from Obama. And who knows - she might just become President (McCain is old, right?).

11:58 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Fascinating that interest in a woman candidate has also circled the world. There is plenty of room to disagree with Sarah P. on issues. As before, I will work with whichever administration is in charge and possibly get them on our side.

6:26 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

I would add that clearly Hillary WAS considered for the VP nomination, just not by the Presidential candidate. If we returned to the situation where the convention picks the VP, she would be in that position and McCain would be in big trouble.

I'm looking forward to your ideas on the FQXi essay contest. You have until December 1 so there's no rush. And Kea too.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is just very hard for some people to realize that sexism is different from sex. There is nothing wrong with the latter (I make a lot of it and so far so good), but the distinction is lost to those cliffords and joannes, who -to be sure- prefer to live a life of contemplation and censorship of their peer. It gives them some sort of sexual pleasure.


12:46 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Carl, you are right again. Picking her for VP would have been logical. Women who have been "passed over" in their lives are very, very disappointed.

Your work makes predictions that deserve more attention. People should not look down on someone for living in the Northwest or working with their hands.

For Tommaso: You report real research narrowing down the Higgs mass and other parameters. The Kosmic gang can contemplate their navels all they want, they are on the way out of science.

6:47 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...


I really don't think that anyone looks down my stuff cause I live in the Northwest.

Except for a few leaders, most physicists have trouble getting other people to bother with their stuff too. For example, look at how few references Mark Hadley has to his elegant work on GR as a foundation for elementary particles.

Until lots of people pay attention to your ideas, revel in the fact that you have the field all to yourself. Look for more results.

By the way, yesterday I saw an awesome display of swordsmanship, by none other than the world record holder for 4 cuts in 1.4 seconds and his instructor. I know you and Marni would have loved to have been there. I will blog it, given time, but I have a lot of stuff going on right now.

8:21 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

That's my girl

5:36 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Louise, Can I have the pic as wallpaper?

I love it.

5:37 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Louise, Can I have the pic as wallpaper?

Q9, be my guest.

10:15 AM  

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