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Gender harassment can and does, affect science popularization behaviors

BY by Lisa McDonald, Chantal Barriault, and Thomas Merritt

In a pilot study conducted in the spring of 2018, a mixed-methods online survey was used to ask science popularizers how gender harassment influences the way they communicate science to the public.

Popularizers reported that gender harassment caused the science popularization field to increasingly strive for gender inclusivity in the creation of content. However, harassment made female popularizers feel they must emphasize their legitimacy, quite conscious of their clothing choices, and wary of engaging the public through mediums or topics that provoke more severe harassment. 

Watch the video abstract to learn more or read the article  "Effects of Gender Harassment on Science Popularization Behaviors".


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