In Ginzburg Uncovering Gynocentric Science?

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Science is a difficult concept simply that to define it, is to define all we know about the world in which we live. I am of the opinion, that since the dawn of the scientific age there has been a clear and defining breakdown in terms of gender in science. As a young woman studying Marine Biology, I someday wish to be viewed as a member of the scientific community. In spite of this, when I think of a ‘scientist’, a man in a lab coat is all that comes to mind. This is the historical image of the scientist, perpetuated through generations, not only in the classroom, but in all facets of science and its representations. I believe this has to do with the patriarchal hierarchy which dictates social roles in almost all civilisations throughout …show more content…
Ginzburg states that the division between the two gender sciences is not clear cut and difficult to define. It is however clear to see that all science up until this point has been androcentric or having to do with men. Ginzburg offers an explanation for the lack of gynocentric science: Politics. Science progressed and came to be “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment” because men were and still are the decision makers. Ginzburg argues that the activities women take part in were not described as a ‘science’ but instead as an ‘art’. Many have attempted to define gynocentric science; as of yet there is no one specific description fitting a ‘womans’ science. Bleier, the noted Neurophysiologist, accredited the lack of feminist sciences to the previously mentioned absence of women in decision making “How can we begin to even conceptualize science as non-masculine . . . When most of written civilisation -- our history, language and conceptual frameworks, literature -- has been created by …show more content…
Androcentric science, what we know simply as science, is the study of the world around us through observation and experimentation. Is it simply because a man is performing the act that it becomes androcentric? Some feminist philosophers may speculate that if it is for the advancement or benefit of men then it is androcentric; the problem with this is that it doesn’t account for all of the mutual benefit science has brought. An alternative view or interpretation of the androcentric and gynocentric science is that men and women approach different task with different mindsets. With women taking more care and paying more attention to certain areas men would over look and visa

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