Katrina Sifferd has written a moving, important blog post titled ‘On being a woman in philosophy and feeling stupid‘. She discusses the often insidious effects of being hit on by people you look up to as academic advisors or mentors. Sadly, I’m sure many women in philosophy can relate to what she says:
Each time I had this experience, every positive thing my teacher/professor had said about my academic work disappeared in a puff of smoke. The attention I received made me feel stupid, unworthy. And the rumors in grad school that I was indeed sleeping with this or the other professor just fed my fears. Not only did I feel like my intellect wasn’t up to snuff, neither did anyone else in my program (I thought).
According to The Metro, this elite female body builder was told by an NHS nurse that she needed to start dieting immediately and get more exercise, based simply on the fact that her body mass index (BMI) classified her as ‘overweight’. She was at the medical clinic to get contraception, and had not asked for any nutrition or lifestyle advice.
See below for information about a proposed volume called Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living. (Awesome title.)
Philosophy of Disability: Unflinching Approaches to Ways of Living
The most common area of intersection between philosophy and disability studies has been in the field of ethics. This anthology takes a broader approach by seeking to examine both the meanings of disability and the ways in which disability shapes and informs meaningful lives. A guiding consideration for this text is that disability ought not be conceived merely as something to manage or cope with or heroically overcome for the edification of the non-disabled. Instead, contributions should focus on how disability fundamentally challenges us to think anew about topics such as:
– history and progress
– power, politics, justice, and law
– social pressure and activism
– community and collective planning and design
– embodiment, phenomenology, modality, and spatiality
– positive adaptation to chronic pain, loss, and aging
– sexuality and family
– disability in art and public discourse
– professional research methods and questions
– new technologies and testing
– intersections with other issues, such as inequality, race, and class
– mental, physical, and social health
– aspirational ideals and visions of the future
Submissions from all philosophical traditions are encouraged and will be subject to peer review. Full consideration will be given to abstracts (500-700 words) submitted before May 15, 2014. These will be used to formulate an anthology proposal to an academic press during summer 2014. Authors should also be aware that every effort will be made, with their help, to make the entire collection genuinely accessible. Questions and proposals should be submitted directly to Julie.Piering@nau.edu.