if your bae on their period and you’re not at your utmost best/caring/nurturing towards em and instead act like you dealing with the biggest inconvenience the world got to offer, you prob dont deserve em.
Now before anything I’m gonna apologize to my black followers for not using a black woman scientist to portray what I what I wanted to and using a white male scientist to do so but there’s a metaphor he uses that all ties into this post.
A lot of scientists, enthusiasts, communities and many parts of the world celebrate the late Nikola Tesla and for very good reasons. An inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, probably chill as fuck ,futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, but most unknown however was his stance on women.
Unsurprising that in a white male dominated area like most STEM fields there wouldn’t be much talk of this side of the famed inventor. But let’s take a look at some of his thoughts and go from there, the following are excerpts taken from "When Woman is Boss" Colliers, January 30, 1926
"BUT the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.
"The acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women, their gradual usurpation of leadership, will dull and finally dissipate feminine sensibilities, will choke the maternal instinct, so that marriage and motherhood may become abhorrent and human civilization draw closer and closer to the perfect civilization of the bee."
"The significance of this lies in the principle dominating the economy of the bee—the most highly organized and intelligently coordinated system of any form of nonrational animal life—the all-governing supremacy of the instinct for immortality which makes divinity out of motherhood."
"The center of all bee life is the queen. She dominates the hive, not through hereditary right, for any egg may be hatched into a reigning queen, but because she is the womb of this insect race."
I really love the bee hive metaphor he uses here and it gives me chills how relevant this still is but let’s magnify in specific "for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose"
Let’s think about this for a second and apply a little bit of intersectionalism to this point. Women in general, even white women, have had their wits, smarts, and general mental ability reposed due to patriarchy. In other words because of the pervasiveness in patriarchy we have science communities and educational environments that stifle and repress the progress of women in their fields. This has been going for centuries now. That’s centuries of physical and psychological cycles of anti women repose.
Now, let’s dig a little bit deeper. When we look today at who’s really getting the cold shoulder when it comes to being accurately and fairly represented and supported in science we come to the statistically backed conclusion that black women in specific are receiving the most and worst effects of such a lengthy period of repose. To them it’s not just sexism, like is the problem for white women scientists, but sexism and racism. All things that play into every human’s development in mental and physical ways even those who aren’t oppressed. Nobody wins.
Since black women deal with both of these I feel like this is a clear indication that they are 10 times more likely to be reposed and have their growth slowed or scientifically curious tendencies stomped out before they flourish into something that can upset the hetero capitalist white patriarchy that holds a monopoly on science and who gets to be a famous scientist.
Now imagine an ever growing effort to bring black women into the STEM fields like never done before in history? Imagine a growing number of black girls suddenly feeling comfortable enough with themselves and their abilities that they bravely step into these communities with the fresh mind set and experiences to bring into their respective fields? I can only see good things from then on.
I understand that due to the mixture of both racism and sexism combined, their hyper awareness, need to want to care for their own and their communities out of past and present day oppression, need to tackle the problems that need tackling due to their experiences in their environment and witnessing first hand what really needs to be done in these communities, black women will be known as the greatest scientists in human history.