This year’s Nobel laureates are all men. Eleven lords. There will be no women taking the stage on the great Swedish night of world talent. It had to be said and it is said, what less. So that it doesn’t look like an accident, or an irreversible thing like the melting of the polar ice caps. So that it does not seem like an inevitable episode of those that Mother Nature sends us on her own and without asking, such as the eruption of the La Palma volcano. Inertia is not our ally, friends. The brainy committees of the Swedish academies get carried away and the line-up of the Spanish team comes out, or the Holy Supper, or the tuna, or a meeting of fifths of the military in 1967. Not one winner. They protest on social networks and are answered by an avalanche of condescending explanations that can be summed up in one: it will be that this year men are better. Of course, yes, amen to that truth that has been repeated forever and ever. Surely the scientists awarded in pairs and even threes this year were already better last year, when a colleague was singled out and the miracle of equality happened. Surely there is a scholar in a laboratory, in a university, with sufficient merits, and that is for not abusing the writer’s strength. Of the 600 awards that the institution bequeathed by Alfred Nobel has given throughout its history, only 58 have gone to women. You do not need to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics to realize that this proportion is disturbingly low, nor have you invented gunpowder to deduce that something bad is happening, nor do you have to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to rule out the invisibility of the female gender as a factor of this equation; it is not possible for all geniuses to be sucked into the same black hole. The laziness of going a little further favors machismo, the lack of overall vision feeds machismo, and the absence of commitment in the recognition of human excellence produces a macho result. Such must have been the shock to see the Champions League pool that they had left in Stockholm this 2021, and the subsequent reaction of the public, that the organizers called running to Oslo, which has a diplomatic branch of the Nobel, a prize of trumpery. “That you put a woman in the Nobel Peace Prize, that feminists are already criticizing us.” “But if we already have a very committed journalist, Russian …” It is fiction, of course.
Because I would not want to detract at all from the work of María Ressa, a brave reporter, a world icon of press freedom from her Rappler news portal, and whom the government of her country, the Philippines, has taken four days to congratulate for the award. He works between threats and lawsuits, denouncing corruption and the violation of human rights. A woman who dignifies the award that Barack Obama received, who sat watching the drones he sent to kill people in action. And a woman who joins the female minority who have picked it up since it was instituted, 17 compared to 115 men. It must be that pacifism is not good for us either, although better than Physics (4 awarded against 209) or Economics (2 awarded against 84, and both ex aequo). If we do not stand out in peace, although we do not usually start wars ourselves, we will have to continue fighting the same battle against cornering that does not give truce. This year, like the past and worse than the past.
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The Nobel is a man’s thing