A confession: I thought this was rare. That folks in philosophy at least know not to say things like “That’s a great paper for a girl” or “We’ve already got a woman”. (I thought they might well *think* these things– but that they at least knew they were socially unacceptable to say.) But a few weeks ago I heard about the first being said at a graduate conference in the UK, and last week I heard about the second being said by someone on a search committee in the US (in response to the question “Why not consider X [a woman]?”) Both totally without irony, and both very recently. And I was really shocked. (Though perhaps you aren’t.) There are lots of very interesting discussions taking place in recent days about uncovering non-obvious or structural sources of problems for women in philosophy (e.g. here and here and here). All these are very important, but it’s important to also remember that the totally blatant stuff isn’t yet gone. Why aren’t there more women in philosophy departments? One reason is that some departments think one is plenty.
Question: Have you seen much stuff this stupidly obvious lately?