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).