You know me, always a fan of discussing contentious issues. Remember this old post which went up at ScienceBlogs.com?
Therein lies the question of the moment. What ARE the expectations of the Sb readership? That Sb bloggers should be predominantly white, male heteronormative USians? In which case, no problem: Expectations met. Ok, I exaggerate, the above figure and the full post/website that is linked make the case mostly for the "white" charge. Admittedly there are a number of pseuds around here but the numbers for which the approximate relative skin reflectance is unknown (to me and other Sb'ers) is vanishingly small. It is unlikely that the addition of the pictures of all the pseudonymous bloggers to the "AryanBlogs?" site would do much to counter the claim.
Well, a thread over at ScientistMother's place points out the obvious.
We haven't done much better here at Scientopia.
My thoughts on this are...
-We recognize this. Not just as individuals but as a collective.
-Not everyone that was invited to Scientopia felt that this was the place for them
-From the perspective of someone who has been on a number of academic institution's "Enhancing Diversity" committees, this stuff is not by any means easy to accomplish. The numbers in the science blogging community are certainly not substantially better than elsewhere in science.
-On a more generalized aspect of diversity- from topics to people, well, we're small. Our expansion plan is...not. Our dust is settling.
-As Dorothea pointed out at ScientistMother's thread, we are really (really, really) flattered that so many bloggers intimate that they'd like to join Scientopia. My fellow Scientopians, let's not forget this, eh?
Final charge to you, DearReader. While I do ask you to understand we're just getting launched here, do keep our feet to the fire, eh? I would expect nothing else of you.