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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger
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Q1. Just how enraged did you become reading “Rage Becomes Her”? What got you most fired up reading this book?


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Q2. In the opening chapter, @schemaly discusses the effect of the absence of female role models in the media on girls. When did you start to consider what the invisibility/silence/misrepresentation of girls/women meant in the media and in STEMM?


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Q3. In Ch 3 of “Rage Becomes Her” @schemaly links stress and pain with internalised anger in women, and discusses the regular dismissal of menstrual-related pain. What did you make of this chapter and the evidence presented?


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Q4. “Rage Becomes Her” mentions an anecdote of a woman doctor denied access to a Cambridge gym, as the system coded all “Dr’s as male. If you have a PhD or an MD, do you regularly and consistently use your title? Do you only use it professionally? Why/why not?


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Q5. Ch 7 describes the sexist and racist microaggressions that women (particularly of colour) encounter daily, including the shocking statistic that almost half of African American scientists reported being confused for cleaning staff or admin. Combined with #manels, #mansplaining and #replyguys should we conclude that STEMM is inherently sexist and racist?


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Q6. How is anger displayed and accepted in your own field of STEMM? Does it generate or lose respect? How does it align with the stereotype of a measured, logical scholar? Are you allowed to be passionate but not angry?


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Q7. How is anger and the #MeTooSTEM movement playing out in your own area of STEMM? Are whisper networks common? What are the repurcusions for speaking up?


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Q8. @scehemaly writes “Finding communities that validate and share your anger creates powerful opportunities for collective social action” How important is your own community or network to shared anger & advocacy?


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