I was looking for information about the 1955 B-Movie Tarantula, and came across this review. It turns out the "line to listen for" is
“I knew it would happen. Give women the vote and what do you get? Lady scientists.”Of course, why didn't I think of that! Maybe the election year voter drives will increase the number of women physics professors . . . Actually I think it would be pretty funny in a "look how stupidly sexist it used to be the 1950s" way if there weren't individuals currently bemoaning both the terrible effects of women voting and working as scientists.
Anyway, if you are interested in seeing Tarantula in a science-friendly environment - and you live in Southern California - you might want to check out tomorrow's showing as part of the B Movies and Bad Science series at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
And here are some links I've been collecting about the way women scientists are portrayed in film and television that I hadn't gotten around to blogging about:
- Inkling Magazine: Babe Scientists on Film
"For best results in science, wear short shorts. And be sure your deep intellect is matched by deep cleavage."
- Science and Supermodels: Female Scientists in Movies: The Top 10
"We have to make a choice in a lot of cases; great women or great science. Sometimes we get both but that’s rare."
- io9: Television: Meet the New Science Heroes
This is about the portrayal of scientists on TV in general, but there is at least one woman scientist who will be on-screen in the fall lineup: Deanna Russo as super-scientist Sarah Graiman on the new version of Knight Rider.
Tags: Tarantula, women in science, movies