[Coral-List] Sea Angels

Monika Franck monikafranck at email.com
Sun Nov 22 05:15:55 EST 2009

Hi John

Perhaps its because most women have a conscientious,caring and conserving nature while most men have a destructive and conquering nature.  

Interesting that you mention this now too as one of my lecturers recently also pointed out something similar to your observation. He said that women are conspicuous by their absence in participation in hunting/fishing expeditions, hunting photographs and hunting competitions.  You find men in these hunting expeditions and photographs absolutely beaming with pride of having killed often not just one for the pot but an entire wasteful heap of whatever creature was unfortunate enough to cross the path of the thrill of the kill that day. Often creatures that are not even good to eat are wastefully killed or exploited for fun without thought of how this affects the rest of nature and our future as humans on this planet.

The ocean is one of the last natural frontiers that we still understand little of with regards to how it regulates our climate, and from which humans still catch tons of wild food, fast getting depleted though as per other natural resource on this planet stressing under over populatain by humans. The ocean is at great risk and conserving and studying it perhaps appeals to the caring and conserving nature of women more than the destructive and conquering nature of men.

Perhaps you should call your series "Mermaids"?

best wishes

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Ruthven" <John at hiddenpictures.co.uk>
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] Sea Angels
> Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:09:15 +0000
> I was very interested to read Alina Szmant's post about women in marine
> biology. I am a scientist turned programme maker working on shows for
> Discovery, BBC and National Geographic, among others.
> I have recently been wondering about whether there is a series (working
> title "Sea Angels") about the famous women who work in marine biology. I
> have been working on underwater films e.g.BBC's Blue Planet, for about
> twenty years and have noticed that many of the prominent scientists in
> marine biology are female, or at the very least there is a greater
> percentage of women working in the field than say chemistry or engineering.
> Perhaps not surprising you may think, but there are other areas of biology
> where the prominent researchers are female too e.g. primate research.
> Do you think my perception is incorrect? Does it have any significance and
> are there indications of why there might be a connection between being
> female and having an interest in the sea?  Why do many languages seem to
> think of the sea as female for that matter? (e.g. French: La Mere).
> This does not of course have a direct relevance to Coral, but it is
> important to understand the perspectives which people bring to research and
> how that influences our view of the world in everything from nuclear physics
> to coral research.
> John Ruthven
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