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Sexual Harassment in Philosophy, on Gawker March 30, 2011

Filed under: sexual harassment — Jender @ 6:01 pm

Gawker is discussing sexual harassment in philosophy. Holy shit. OK, so it’s not the most elevated discussion.

There’s an entire blog called “What Is It Like to Be a Woman in Philosophy?” (famous philosophical essay reference alert! Thanks, Philosophy of Mind class) where women in philosophy share… what it’s like, to be them. Spoiler: it’s pretty pervy. For example:

I attended a conference at my friend’s department where one of our former teachers, a well-known person, Professor A, someone we both admired and respected, was going to be a featured speaker.
My friend told me that when Professor A arrived, the first thing he said to my friend was “Show me a graduate student I can fuck.”
Haha, what a smooth-talking intellectual giant! Now, there’s a movement afoot to practice “shunning” of philosophers who everyone basically knows are sexual harassers—”not inviting them to publish, not conversing with them at conferences, advising students to avoid their graduate program, etc.” That seems appropriate. Females subject to harassment might also try tossing a drink in the dude’s face, and kicking him in the balls. Nietzsche would approve.

But hopefully all this attention will start making a difference.


Causality and explanation …by the guys: updated

Filed under: gendered conference campaign,Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 5:52 pm

Nancy Cartwright has been added to the keynote speakers!



19-21 September

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University

Blandijnberg 2, Ghent, Belgium

This is the sixth conference in the Causality in the Sciences series of conferences.


Henk de Regt, Daniel Little, Michael Strevens, Mauricio Suarez and James Woodward.


Inside Higher Ed, on Women in Philosophy

Filed under: gendered conference campaign,sexual harassment — Jender @ 1:41 pm

An excellent article. Although the title would suggest that it’s just about the NewAPPS discussion of shunning harassers, it’s much more. It discusses the What is it Like blog, the under-representation of women, and the Gendered Conference Campaign as well. There are also nice interviews with Mark Lance and Peggy DesAutels. It’s wonderful to see broader attention to these issues.


How to keep women in your field

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 12:16 pm

We might gain some clues from this study of women with engineering degrees. Top tip: stop treating women badly.

“Women engineers who were treated in a condescending, patronizing manner, and were belittled and undermined by their supervisors and co-workers were most likely to want to leave their organizations.”

(Thanks, J-Bro!)


Gendered word clouds

Filed under: gender — Jender @ 12:06 pm

A lovely comparison of words used in advertising boys’ and girls’ toys.



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