- Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 9pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Fellow Chef: Matt H
- Dining Companions: Glen, Ana, and Craig
- Recipe Rating: B-
There is a math conference in Park City, Utah every summer. The topic varies from year to year, but it is always a big gathering of mathematicians for about three weeks. They have a program for undergraduates too, and the summer after my junior year in college I went there. Meals were eaten outside, under a huge tent. Everyone sat around big, round tables. A few days in to the conference I noticed that the last seats to fill up at every table were the ones on either sides of the women. At first I just thought that no one wanted to sit with me, but then I noticed that the same thing was true of my friend Courtney, my other roommate at the conference, and all the other women in our undergraduate program. Eventually the women just started sitting next to one another... The guys were very nice and friendly, but it took almost 2 weeks before they would sit next to us without hesitation.
Last week, sitting in Mike and Jacob's class, I noticed that in a room with 24 men and 3 women, the women were all sitting in one small area of the room... I find it interesting that that very often happens, particularly because I never think consciously about choosing to sit with my female friends versus my male friends...