“I study astronomy.”
This sentence gets the most varied and dramatic responses than almost anything else I ever say. (including I am a kitty!) Some of these responses include:
- Oh wow!! You must be super smart! Things like that go right over my head!
- I am a Capricorn. What can you tell me?
- But you’re a girl!!
Initially I was too bewildered to give any kind of coherent response; but after hearing each of the above many times, here are my thoughts on the above.
- To be honest, physics may not be the easiest, but by no means is it impossible. Sure quantum chromodynamics may sound like a mouthful, but any subject once you start delving deep enough will have complex theories and its own set of required skills. Also I can’t draw to save my life.
- Astronomy. Not astrology. Google the difference. If you still want me to predict your future, here it is: Tomorrow you will wake up, do a bunch of things and go back to sleep.
- Well spotted!
One of the things that most people around me seem to find confusing is that I talk both physics and skincare. On reading one of my previous posts on skincare, a friend remarked “Oh I thought someone hacked your account.” Hmmm.
I wear glasses. I like kittens. I love studying neutron stars. I read Glamour magazine. I am not a girly girl or an astrophysicist. I am a girly girl AND an astrophysicist.
On a related note, I do believe that girls should be encouraged to study physics, if they want to. Sure, encourage them but please don’t insult me by saying I should study it to look at pretty pictures. I do it because I find it interesting. On the other hand, I don’t think there should be positions reserved for women in research institutes. I want to be selected for my abilities. I don’t want to be known as the girl who was taken in to fill the post.
Also, xkcd is amazing.
Until next time, Love, Me 🙂