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clarification/32P incident

J. Johnson siddo at u.washington.edu
Wed Oct 23 00:05:15 EST 1996

Hello Ms. Boomer,

It is wonderful to see that there are women out there with balls!  I
really think it is ripe time to educate students and others in the
sciences that the abuses that are tolerated should not be.  First and
foremost, they are illegal:  to tell students that they should not get
pregnant, married, or continue carrying a child (amongst other things) is
a breach of basic civil rights and the right to privacy.  There is no
excuse to condone such behavior is saying "well, that's the way it is in
science" or that people "serious about science" are tough enough to get
through it.  It is a copout to stand by and say nothing when these abuses
are rampant throughout the academic sciences.  One  goal of the future for
scientists should be no tolerance for abuse - it must change, no matter
how difficult it will be.  People who are "serious about science" should
do all they can to bring it out of the disgusting pit that it has become;
realize what is right and wrong at a human level and confront the issues.


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