NASA’s Report Details a Dark Time in American History but Finds no Direct Evidence That Webb Fired People for Their Sexual Orientation

NASA has announced the release of the James Webb History Report, a document detailing their investigation into the namesake of the next-generation space telescope that took to space on December 25th, 2021. Months before it launched, the observatory became the subject of controversy when it was revealed that Webb was involved in the so-called “Lavender … Read more

#MeToo in space: The potential for sexual harassment and assault

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Simon Dube (opens in new tab)PhD candidate, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Erobotics & Space Sexology, Concordia University Judith Lapierre (opens in new tab)Professor, Faculty of Nursing Science, Université Laval Maria Santaguida (opens in new tab)PhD Candidate … Read more

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur” width=”600″ height=”350″/> Figure 1. Built from the DHS Program online data. Credit: STATcompiler, Fourni par l’auteur When Zougba’s husband fled the jihadist violence crippling Burkina Faso, she soon found herself with her young son, daughter and other women on the road in a mission to join him. After 10km, four armed … Read more

Antarctic stations are plagued by sexual harassment. It’s time for things to change

Antarctic expeditions have a stomach-churning underbelly of sexual harassment, and national programs are not doing enough to stop it. Credit: Derek Oyen/Unsplash In October 2017, Antarctic science had its own #MeToo moment. Science magazine published a piece on claims of abuse of female geoscientists in Antarctica—the most remote environment in the world. US geologist Jane … Read more

Game of Thrones prequel confirms there will be no sexual violence on screen. Here’s why that’s important

Credit: HBO HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” dominated television and pop culture discourse for much of a decade. Its upcoming prequel series, “House of the Dragon,” is similarly generating conversation, although not in ways the producers might prefer. Much of this has centered on discussions of sexual assault and rape on screen. This new … Read more

What really drives anti-abortion beliefs? Research suggests it’s a matter of sexual strategies

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Many people have strong opinions about abortion—especially in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, revoking a constitutional right previously held by more than 165 million Americans. But what really drives people’s abortion attitudes? It’s common to hear religious, political and other ideologically driven explanations—for … Read more

Extreme weather, climate events may lead to an increase in violence towards women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the climate crisis leads to more intense and more frequent extreme weather and climate-related events, this in turn risks increasing the amount of gender-based violence experienced by women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities, say researchers. In a study published in The Lancet Planetary Healtha team led by a researcher … Read more