1. Twitter user @Daurmith has written short biographies for male scientists as if they had been written about women.
They were originally tweeted in Spanish.
3. They highlight how biographies of female scientists often feature their marital status prominently.
6. As well as their appearance.
9. And thinly veiled surprise that anyone could be both a woman and a scientist.
11. Daurmith, who wanted to remain anonymous, told BuzzFeed they wrote the bios because they were “a bit irked” by a piece about British poet Sarah Howes winning the TS Eliot Prize, which focused more on her looks than poetry.
“I got to thinking about that and about all the other times I’ve seen articles written about notable women in which their looks/makeup secrets/wardrobe advice were discussed, sometimes instead of – not besides – her work.
“I wrote the bios as an exercise ‘through the glass’, so to speak. I find it productive, and a bit cathartic, to use women’s tropes on men, à la Hawkeye Project. I didn’t want to achieve anything special and honestly thought they would get quickly lost.
“I find it charming that, when I translated the tweets to English, many people thought they were lovely and wished men were described more often like that. This didn’t happen with the original tweets in Spanish and gave me food for thought. I could have been nastier writing the tweets; I’m very glad I wasn’t. It gave me a different perspective.”