Scholarly vs. Popular Media and Sexuality Article Review by Thukydides

Scholarly vs. Popular Media and Sexuality
Reviews two articles on sexuality in the media, Kaufman and Chevan's "The gender gap in peer-reviewed publications by physical therapy faculty members" and Scelfo and Kantrowitz's "Science and the gender gap" from Newsweek.
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In this paper, two articles, one, Kaufman and Chevan's "The gender gap in peer-reviewed publications by physical therapy faculty members," from a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and the other, Scelfo and Kantrowitz's "Science and the gender gap," from a popular magazine, are reviewed and compared, with a view to determining the relative value to the public of both types of information sources. The common subject of both articles is the gender gap in the academia. The paper summarizes both articles, pointing out their arguments about the gender gap. According to the paper, despite the drastically different format and target audiences of the two articles, they still have much in common. Both articles deal with the problems of gender in the scientific community, presenting statistic evidence and information about the state of the faculties in order to substantiate their respective arguments. The review concludes by stating that the two articles present a clear approach to the problem under consideration, viewing the existence and effects of gender gap in the academia as the visible problems to be reviewed in the rational way.


"Science and the Gender Gap": A Review

From the Paper:

"The article "Science and the Gender Gap" published in Newsweek in September 2006 and authored by Julie Scelfo and Barbara Kantrowitz is devoted to the subject rather similar to that of the previous article. Here the reader is treated to the review of women's role in science and its current problems. The authors observe that despite the great progress experienced by women in the spheres of business and politics, they still do not constitute a sizable part of the faculty, especially in such fields as chemistry, where their numbers do not exceed 10% of the total (Scelfo & Kantrowitz, 2006).
"The authors conclude that possible explanations for such disproportionately small representation of women in the academia may have to do more with such problems as insufficient level of provision of child care, the problems associated with the inflexibility of tenure system, which may lead to the loss of time after childbirth, and the general level of prejudice among the leading male members of the faculty as to the professional capacities of the female scientists (Scelfo & Kantrowitz, 2006). Nonetheless, the article ends with the optimistic note, following the observations that the mutual assistance lent by female students to each other and the dissipation of old cultural convention may lead to more prominent role of females in science. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kaufman, R., & Chevan, J. (2011). The gender gap in peer-reviewed publications by physical therapy faculty members: A productivity puzzle. Physical Therapy, 91(1), 122-131. doi: 10.2522/ptj. 20100106.
  • Scelfo, J., & Kantrowitz, B. (2006). Science and the gender gap. Newsweek, September 25, 2006.

Cite this Article Review:

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