73 of the sexiest Black female scientists

picIn response to a Business Insider article published last year, entitled Sexiest Scientists Alive!, that failed to include any Black women, Dr. Kyla McMullen created a list of her own. Her list of Sexy Black Female Scientists combats both the invisibility of Black women in STEM, and the idea that those Black women aren’t sexy. According to her:

“Despite the magazine’s intentional or unintentional exclusion, the purpose of this article is to increase the visibility of Black female scientists and show the world that we do exist.

Being omitted in the Business Insider adds to the constant feelings of invisibility and isolation that are felt by many women of color in STEM fields. Furthermore, if I were a young Black girl looking at the Business Insider Article, I would unconsciously be receiving the not-so-subtle message that people who look like me do not excel in science. So why would I try a scientific career? *** The face of Science needs an extreme makeover. If the current generation is going to be engaged in scientific careers, we need to dispel the stereotypical image of a scientist as being a white, glasses wearing, socially-inept nerd. The Business Insiders went one step in this direction, but not far enough. This generation needs to see that being a scientist is not a death sentence to a life of awkwardness.”

The list includes 73 Black female scientists, including McMullen, that she knows personally or through one degree of separation. She is also asking readers to comment the names of other Black women scientists for a potential part 2!

Avatar Image Sesali failed Molecular & Cellular biology twice in undergrad. She won’t be on the list. 

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/innocentbystander/ Nat

    Hooray, now we can trivialize all women scientists equally, reducing them to their looks instead of their accomplishments without bias towards race :-/ These lists are problematic not primarily because they’re hyper-white, but because women are often not taken seriously in these professions to begin with. Pointing out that hey, at least some of them are eye candy, is insulting to the people who have to deal with the institutionalized sexism on a daily basis. Being able to be perceived as serious rather than sexy is elusive.

  • http://feministing.com/members/smartbunny/ Robin Groves

    Sexy scientists? This is a joke right? Who the F cares about being sexy?