It’s taken two days for the discussion of the Boulder situation to really sink it. I think that a number of recent blog posts and articles are stressing the more general fact that philosophy as a field can be nasty and brutish for women, if not short. People of color, members of the GLBT community have also suffered, and similarly for the disabled and the elderly. And no doubt others I’m failing to think about. For those of us who have worried about the situation for years or even decades, the fact that a bright national light is fixed on it is at least a relief.
But then many of us have actually suffered in ways that have heavily impacted our careers. And at some point, the present discussion may well bring it back. I know it has for me this morning. So what to do?
There’s short-term advice: things that can help include exercise (maybe walking if you can), talking to friends, distracting yourself with something you like – download a movie, play music, get a good novel, etc. Writing about it can also help, and here we have an excellent resource, the What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy blog. Even if you have already described your experience, I think there’s room there for something more general, along the lines of “how my life has been impacted.” In fact, I think I’ll go over there soon.
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