Feminist Philosophers

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Addressing Rape Culture Awareness Poster Series from University of Alberta Students Union August 11, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sam B @ 7:01 pm

sexual assault awareness poster

See the full series here: http://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/gbvpp/awareness


An invitation to feminist philosophers from Hypatia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sam B @ 3:49 pm

“We are pleased to invite Feminist Philosophers readers to a free online forum sponsored by Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and Wiley. Scheduled to run from Aug. 18 to 22, the forum focuses on the issues of climate change and gender and features contributions from scholars and activists, as well as video interviews with experts from a variety of fields. The event will go live starting on Mon., Aug. 18 at http://thephilosopherseye.com/phileye/online-events/hypatia-symposium-2/ No registration is necessary. We look forward to your participation!

In Hypatia 29.3, a special issue on Climate Change, feminist philosophers Chris Cuomo (author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing) and Nancy Tuana (author of Feminism and Science) focus critical attention on one of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our day. Policy makers have recently begun to acknowledge the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and disadvantaged communities, but feminist analyses of the complex epistemic and political dimensions of climate change, as well as its causes and effects, are urgently needed. This special issue initiates a necessary conversation that will deepen our understanding and help identify promising opportunities for positive change. Co-editors Cuomo and Tuana have invited scholars and activists working at the forefront of feminist climate justice to share their perspectives. Watch the interviews online, and join the co-editors in an open forum on the issues on August 18-22, 2014.”

Online Forum: http://thephilosopherseye.com/phileye/online-events/hypatia-symposium-2/
Special Issue: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hypa.2014.29.issue-3/issuetoc


Citations of Women and Ethnic Minorities in SEP, at Splintered Mind August 8, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 1:01 am

Eric Schwitzgebel counts “27 women on the list: 10% of the total. There is only one woman in the top 50 (Martha Nussbaum, ranked 9th), and seven in the top 100.” [emphasis his]  Among the top 100 most oft-cited, he counts, as far as he can tell, a whopping two who are “other than non-Hispanic and white.”  Schwitzgebel concludes:

 I regard these data as broad confirmation of what we all already knew — perhaps a little more systematic and depressingly specific.At the highest levels of visibility in contemporary mainstream Anglophone analytic philosophy (as measured by citation in the discipline’s leading reference source), men vastly outnumber women, and ethnic minorities are virtually absent.

More at his blog, here.


The Girls Obama Forgot July 30, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 6:10 pm

…by Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw in the NYT:

My Brother’s Keeper highlights one of the most significant contradictions of his efforts to remain a friend to women while navigating the tricky terrain of race. It also amounts to an abandonment of women of color, who have been among his most loyal supporters.


Five Myths about the Gender Pay Gap July 29, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — KateNorlock @ 7:08 pm

by Vivien Labaton, in the Washington Post.


Confusion and apologies July 27, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 8:58 pm

There have been two posts up with the same three first words:

Power and empathy: this is scary
Power and empathy.

There was some glitch with the first, andd it would not display its second half. So I eventually trashed it. Our dashboard says 35 people clicked on it. My apologies for any confusion this all caused.


Power and empathy

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 6:10 pm

A professional academic will probably be situated within at least two hierarchies of power: that in their profession and that in their institution. And each hierarchy can have different types of sub-hierarchies. A female philosophy professor might turn to the more powerful members of these hierarchies for help when dealing with problems of, for example, egregious harassment.

And the response she receives might show a stunning lack of understanding. And if you are like me, you may be left wondering how a seemingly wise person can miss out on so much. How does acute understanding come to have such limited scope? Don’t we inhabit the same communities?

One answer from the social sciences is that power limits empathy.

Can people in high positions of power — presidents, bosses, celebrities, even dominant spouses — easily empathize with those beneath them?

Psychological research suggests the answer is no. Studies have repeatedly shown that participants who are in high positions of power (or who are temporarily induced to feel powerful) are less able to adopt the visual, cognitive or emotional perspective of other people, compared to participants who are powerless (or are made to feel so).

I think these findings are very troubling. When I looked recently at a committee formed to deal with some climate issues, I was shocked to see a particular powerful person on it. This person is quite happy to say that he doesn’t think academic women are discriminated against. Even if we grant his belief is within the circle of permissible opinions, at least he should see that his opinion is problematic. And he didn’t.

So when bias and bigotry can undercut the credibility of bottom-up efforts at reform in a profession, why haven’t there been more top down efforts? Particularly from the dominant majority? Could powerful members of a dominant majority just care much less? And if so, does that explain the large stretches of neglect we see in, for example, reactions of indifference to scandals of abuse? Or even support for abusers?

And then there’s the men of the US Supreme Court.

Philosophers interested in standpoint theory may profit from looking at the references in the article quoted. Some research suggests that having power can alter our neuropsychological capacity for social knowledge.


Confused Cats Against Feminism July 26, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stacey Goguen @ 12:48 am

There is a tumblr Women Against Feminism with people who hold up signs explaining why they don’t need feminism.  It’s mostly them showing that they think feminism = misandry.

In response, there’s now a tumblr Confused Cats Against Feminism.


A defamation suit dismissed July 25, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — philodaria @ 6:55 pm

Peter Ludlow’s defamation suit against three media outlets has been dismissed. 


Feminists and sharks (or bees) July 24, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — axiothea @ 1:44 pm

Here’s some fine comic relief from the Bloggess, and her post:

“Women who are ambivalent about women against women against feminism”.

With Patrick Stewart on violence against women as a bonus (at the end of the post).



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