Feminist Science Studies: Questions of Necessity
I am admittedly kind of divided on the subject of feminist science studies. On the one hand, I love the idea of combining the sciences and the humanities (as I have been trying to figure out a career path that combines the two). There is definitely a place in the sciences for an examination of women’s role in developing the scientific field. We have been kept out of the highest positions in science for too long, and I admire those who are fighting to change that reality.
But it makes me wonder whether it’s entirely necessary to have an academic field surrounding such a specific, narrow problem. I think gender studies and science are both important aspects of the academic spectrum, but combining them seems almost unnecessary. For a subject that initially appears to be aimed toward breaking boundaries, it has an incredibly distinct goal and motivation that seems more rooted in women’s rights than it does in science.