As part of following PZ Myer’s account of a campaign against him on campus from the editor(s) of a right-wing student newspaper, I have learnt what chloroform smells like, and it smells like something present in every office and classroom and most private homes. One just takes the top off a bottle of liquid paper aka whiteout and (carefully) sniffs the contents – so long as it’s still liquid, then what one smells is apparently chloroform.
This small fact was on-topic because part of the purported “evidence” that PZ is supposedly involved in a particular incident is that the area “smelled like chloroform and other sciency things”(!), and people in comments then wondered what chloroform actually smells like. So there you go.
I googled for more information about the smell of chloroform, and on ask.com this is what I found in the sidebar
[content note: rape culture, overpowering/incapacitation via drugs]
Top Related Searches
Chloroformed and Drugged Girls
Chloroformed and Drugged Woman
Chloroformed Helpless Women
Actress Chloroformed Video
Grabbed and Chloroformed
Knockout Drug Recipes
Make Sleeping Gas
The Google image search for “the smell of chloroform” is even more disturbing.
This is part of what it means to go through life as a woman – even looking for objective science information online ends up providing one with overt reminders that women are still the sex class and that narratives of physical and sexual subjugation of women by men are simultaneously a fetish, a punchline, and part of coercive femininity in the expectation that women must look subjugable: taking pains (or being compelled) to look more vulnerable than men when in the same environments or face criticism/harassment/aggression for breaching gender expectations.
I’m off to look at kitten pictures for a while.