December 9, 2019
Dr. Jess Wade
The evil patriarchy is at it again, moving the strings from behind the scene to try and keep women’s might a secret.
A physicist who added hundreds of biographies for female scientists to Wikipedia has expressed her shock after seeing a number of them removed because they weren’t considered prominent enough to stay on the site.
Dr Jess Wade, who is a research associate at Imperial College London, has spent the last couple of years writing 800 plus biographies for the online encyclopedia.
Imagine doing that to your hair in a professional photo you release about how you’re a professional.
The 31-year-old had honed in on women who have made a significant contribution to science, maths, technology and engineering, but who hadn’t previously had an entry on the site.
However, last week, 50 of Dr Wade’s entries were flagged by Wikipedia editors for not being prominent enough to stay on the site.
She wrote more than 800 biographies and 50 were flagged and apparently taken down, yet she thinks this is some sort of patriarchal conspiracy against women.
The reality is that women are not really prominent in any field other than pornography and Hollywood films. Some female scientists may have been a part of a mostly male team that achieved something, but that doesn’t mean that they did something — because as it is readily observable everywhere, most women are highly unproductive but great at taking credit and praise.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Dr Wade said content editors, who she described as ‘white men in North America,’ went through all the profiles she’d written.
As a result some were taken down with editors giving them a tag ‘saying they weren’t notable.’
‘I’ve been told that I’m diluting the site by putting these profiles up,’ Wade said.
She expressed her amazement that one of the most worthy in her mind was tagged for deletion.
‘One of the most memorable was a phenomenal woman chemist called Clarice Phelps,’ Wade told Woman’s Hour.
Here’s a high-resolution picture of Clarice Phelps so you can closely examine her nostrils.
After taking a good look at their shape, I came to the conclusion that chances are that she’s yet another unremarkable diversity hire.
‘She works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US and was probably the only African American woman ever to contribute to the discovery of an element – element 117, which is Tennessine.
‘She went through the Navy’s Nuclear Field program which is incredibly competitive – it probably has a fail rate of 90 per cent. She’s at the top of her game.
‘Anonymous Wikipedia editors in some part of the world were deciding this story, this person’s profile, isn’t important enough and we don’t need this on the site.’
The only thing that black female is at the top of is the diversity quota priority list.
Following the interview Dr Wade said on Twitter that she had a problem ‘with a few rogue + arrogant editors’ rather than Wikipedia itself.
‘ … it is *our* responsibility to make the encyclopedia less biased. you, me, your readers, the rest of the world. it is not wikipedia’s job.’
She also called on ‘more women, people of colour and people from other historically underrepresented groups to start editing and contributing their knowledge.’
You know, considering that there is literally nothing stopping the women and brown people and brown women from contributing to the world – and that they’re actually encouraged to do so non-stop – maybe they don’t have anything to contribute?
Maybe they just don’t have it in them.
Maybe there isn’t a centuries-old overarching conspiracy worldwide keeping them down.
The chief executive of Wikimedia UK, Lucy Crompton-Reid said: ‘As the national charity for the Wikimedia movement, Wikimedia UK is working to build an inclusive online community and ensure that the Wikimedia projects reflect our diverse society and are free from bias.
‘Half of our leading volunteers are women, and we work extensively with partners to improve and increase content about women.’
That explains the garbage overall “quality” of Wikipedia.
Putin’s “Wikipedia rival” can’t come soon enough.
Vladimir Putin is setting up a Russian encyclopaedia online after declaring that Wikipedia was unreliable and should be replaced.
The Russian president said his country would no longer welcome the crowd-sourced online encyclopaedia which began in the US.
The new site costing £20.7million will be a web version of the Great Russian Encyclopaedia and show ‘reliable information in a good, modern way’.
According to RIA Novosti news agency, he said: ‘As for Wikipedia… it’s better to replace it with the new Big Russian Encyclopaedia in electronic form.
‘At least that will be reliable information, presented in a good, modern way.’
Russians truly are a gift to the world.