A Three-Minute Demonstration of What Infantilizing a Grown Woman Looks like

On a Morning Joe broadcast from 2007, Mika Brzezinski became indignant when her producer tried to have her to lead the news with a story about Paris Hilton getting out of prison, as opposed to talking about the Iraq war, among other things. (There is also something worth saying here about why Paris Hilton is taken to be especially unfit and undeserving of attention in the news, and why an anchorwomen is pissed to be covering such a story.)


You can watch a few clips edited together here  of her two co-anchors then telling her to “take control” of her job, to not use her producer’s commands as a cop out, and to make her own lead…and then proceed to ignore her commands, physically control her actions, and make light of her indignation over lax journalistic standards.  The editing may be making the interactions look more disrespectful than they actually were, since there is usually is a lot of bantering on the show.  But even granting that, grabbing a lighter from someone’s hand belies your insistence that they should take charge.  Even if Brzezinski didn’t feel disrespected by her colleagues, their actions have such a weird patronizing undercurrent to them. (I’m sure someone somewhere can describe this with more exact philosophy-speak.)


Here’s an article written shortly after the newscast aired. And here’s a previous Fem Phil post from 2012  about another incidence where Scarborough claims that he respects Brezinski while his actions cast doubt on that point.


SWIP-Analytic CFA for Women’s Speaker Series

From Marilynn Johnson (CUNY):

I wanted to draw your attention to a new speaker series presented by the Society for Women in Philosophy that will feature monthly presentations by all female faculty and students in the areas of language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. This project is inspired by the success of the Ruth Barcan Marcus conference that was held last spring (and which was announced on this website as “news of the wonderful“).

The group is currently holding a Call For Abstracts for students.  We are very enthused about the project.

Thanks, and we’re enthused too! The deadline is Oct. 10, 2013.

Men apply standard ethical questions to synthetic biology

A recent book on bioethics has all men contributor; it is edited by two men and the blurbs are all by men.  See:


The book apparently draws on papers from an earlier conference.   Comments on Amazon make it appear as though the book is really starting up a new speciality in philosophy.  And unless someone makes an effort to change things, it will quickly become an area women somehow can’t really do work in.  And that is pretty serious.  Why it is serious is being spelled out in the NY Times this week on “The Stone.”


Thanks, LG