A Woman Called Out A Moderator Mansplaining Physics To A Physicist & Got A Round Of Applause


At the World Science Festival in early June, theoretical physicist Veronika Hubeny joined a panel on cosmology with five other physicists. In a cringe inducing exchange, the panel moderator interrupted the physicist to explain physics to her — and, in particular, her own field of expertise. Repeatedly. Oof. Whether you call it “mansplaining” or just “being rude,” the audience was not having it, and one woman in the crowd called out the moderator, demanding, “Let her speak, please!” Her intervention has been met with applause — both from the audience and from thousands of people online.

In a June 4 Facebook post, actor Marilee Talkington recounted her experience at a panel titled, “Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology.” Hubeny, a professor at UC Davis specializing in string theory and quantum gravity, was the lone woman on the panel of…



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