First the news was that the Bristol University Christian Union had banned women from speaking at its meetings, unless accompanied by their husbands. Then there were corrections, which explained that this wasn’t a new policy but an old one. And now there’s apparently been a U-Turn and women will now be allowed to speak. As they say around here when they’re being condescending, “bless”.
Bristol University Christian Union and Women Speakers December 7, 2012
Over at the Telegraph:
A group of British female scientists have made a spoof video of themselves strutting around in high heels and losing their make-up in science labs – to the song ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’ – in response to the “demeaning” science ‘girl thing’ video published by the European Commission earlier this year.
One of the contenders, Sarah Stewart, is not only a vegan athlete but a philosopher as well!
So if you want to vote and get in some philosophers’ solidarity while you’re at it, this is a great chance to do so.
What do you say? A reader writes:
I’m on the job market this year. If I’m lucky enough to get interviews, I’m wondering if anyone has any advice about how to handle questions that people aren’t supposed to ask, such as if I’m married, if I have kids, if my husband would be willing to relocated, etc. I fell I can’t say it’s none of their business and still get a job offer. Is there a way to deflect these questions if they come up?
This is a really tough question. Obviously one answer might be “that question is illegal” or “none of your damned business”. But of course this may be unwise– either because you really need this job or because the person asking might be decent and good despite their cluelessness (I definitely know people like this). What do you all think?