Women and Autism

Autism is much more frequentlly diagnosed in males than in females.  An article in the British Psychological Psychological Association’s journal suggests the underlying difference lies in a crucial distingushing feature.  To invoke the cliches of the syndrome:  autistic males are loners who lack intuitive understanding of the neuro-typicals’ actions and reactions.  Autistic women, on the other hand, have the same. lack of intuitive understanding, but they have a much stronger desire for social relations.

On this account, autistic women lack the skills to fulfill a fundamental desire they have.  They may learn to compensate for their intuitive lack.  However, I would suppose that getting help is very difficult for them.  Therapists won’t be prepared to see the problems they have.


ADDITION: Books to be translated for chinese faculty and students: nominations open

What wouuld you recommend?

Let’s suppose we’re aiming for a good sized list.  Let us know which would be your candidates.


Thoughtful comments made me realize I left out two important facts:

  •  What’s needed are philosophy books by women.
  • I think the idea is to have books from philosophy specifically.  Books that also involve another discipline are fine, but only if they are recognizably philosophy books.


Women and academic careers

When individuals could decide quite openly that one would not have an academic career.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)


  • In1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, in fact, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip, 23-year old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behavior in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome. In 1972, having published 20 research papers as an assistant professor of zoology at University of Guelph, the Dean of the university, denied her tenure. She couldn’t apply to the University of Waterloo because the Dean there told Anne that he would never give tenure to a married woman. This was the catalyst that transformed Anne into a feminist activist. For three decades, Anne Innis Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by giraffologists and not just brought back to into the fold, but finally celebrated for her work.

  • Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild – and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the factors that destroyed her career and the forces that brought her back.

Women in Ireland worry: does wearing a thong mean you can’t be raped?

This issue is not exactly protection, unless one sees the (alleged) rapist as protected:

Rape trial sparks thong protests in Ireland

A teenager’s underwear was used as evidence that she might be sexually promiscuous during a recent rape trial in the Irish city of Cork. “You have to look at the way she was dressed,” the accused lawyer’s said of the complainant. “She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” The 27-year-old man accused was subsequently found not guilty. The trial triggered protests across Ireland this week. Many women carried items of underwear and chanted slogans like “My little black dress does not mean yes.” Women also posted pictures of their underwear on social media with hashtags #IBelieveHer and #ThisIsNotConsent.

New edition of Aesthetics anthology – with more women.

Wiley Blackwell have just published a second edition of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition: An Anthology, eds, Peter Lamarque & Stein Haugom Olsen

The first edition contained 2 chapters by one woman author (Jenefer Robinson) out of 46 chapters. The new edition counts 18 chapters by women out of 57.

See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aesthetics-Philosophy-Art-Tradition-Anthologies/dp/1119222443/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Reading group: Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, Murdoch

Please find below the invitation for a reading group on Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, and Murdoch meeting on Thursdays 6-7pm, at the main lecture hall at the Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. All are welcome. Any queries, please contact Wartime Quartet Reading Group (wartimequartetreadinggroup@gmail.com).

Analytic philosophy is associated with a line of founding fathers, and the schools and movements that grew around them. Most of the questions that preoccupy that strand of philosophy today stem from, or have been shaped by, those schools. But those were not the only voices in the philosophical arena. Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch became friends as undergraduates at Oxford University during WWII, and remained life-long philosophical companions. During their time at Oxford, they developed a shared philosophical agenda, method, and stance which, as we will explore, may mark them out as a distinct philosophical school. This reading group is part of a project aimed to elicit recognition of the body of work of these women and to reclaim their philosophy afresh for today.

Practical Information
The reading group will run alongside RIP’s Wartime Quartet lecture series, dedicated to the work of these women, as a complementary resource. The meetings are running on Thursday nights from 6 – 7 pm in the main lecture hall at 14 Gordon Square. We invite everyone interested to come along.

These sessions will be taken by Ana Barandalla, Research Associate at In Parenthesis, and Hannah Marije Altorf, Reader in Philosophy at St. Mary’s University.

For the Group’s reading list, please visit http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/london-lectures-reading-group/

For the RIP’s Wartime Quartet lectures which this reading group will complement, see http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/events/london-lecture-series/.

For more on the broader project of which this reading group is part, please visit http://www.womeninparenthesis.co.uk.

Mentoring workshop for early career women, gender queer, and non-binary people

Announcing the 2019 Mentoring Workshop for Early-Career Women in Philosophy: June 23 – 25 at Boston University, Boston, MA. Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2019.
Co-Directors: Louise Antony, Juliet Floyd, and Susanne Sreedhar
Supported by the Marc Sanders Foundation, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts.

The Mentoring Program for Early-Career Women in Philosophy aims to promote mentoring relationships between women philosophers in the early stages of their careers and senior women in philosophy. The centerpiece of the program is the Mentoring Workshop, held biennially. Mentees are organizing into small topic-related cohorts and assigned a senior mentor. Meetings at the workshop alternate between “working sessions” — intensive cohort discussions of mentees’ work — and panel discussions on matters of concern to the mentees, such as getting tenure, increasing professional visibility, balancing teaching and research, and dealing with work/life challenges.

Any person identifying as a woman, as non-binary or as gender-queer, who will be employed by Fall of 2019 is welcome to apply. Full information about the program, including application instructions, is available at our webite: http://www.bu.edu/philo/people/faculty/mentoring-project/
For more information, please email Andrea Wilson at Mentoring2019@umass.edu

CFP: Conference on Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct

International conference on faculty and staff sexual misconduct

June 30 to July 2, 2019, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Increasing attention being paid across the world to sexual and gender harassment and sexual violence occurring between students within universities. However, there remains a dearth of research and expertise globally on sexual misconduct carried out by faculty and staff in universities. This conference will bring together cross-disciplinary voices engaged in advocacy, research, and organisational change around power-based academic sexual misconduct in order to build a common understanding of the nature of the problem and to generate ways forward that are effective across international policy and legal frameworks. The conference will provide an international forum to discuss this issue, opening up a space for sharing resources, discussing barriers to change, and identifying successful practices. The event is being put on by a group of scholar-activists from the US and UK in receipt of a grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1836685). Information about the organising committee can be found here.

The primary purpose of this conference is therefore to share knowledge and build links between advocates, academics, survivors, experts, and other change-makers from different countries and contexts working on this topic. We would therefore particularly like to receive applications from attendees from outside the US and UK.

We will be aiming to have good representation of groups at the conference including non-US based activists/academics; attendees from countries from the Global South; current students; people of colour; people from disability communities; gender non-conforming attendees.

This conference is intended to be a safer and inclusive space. We are particularly keen to receive abstracts from advocates and academics from marginalised positions, whether due to disability, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, class background, or other multi-marginalised identities, and the conference will have a NO TOLERANCE policy for language, discrimination, or harassment/bullying based on sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, audism, and ableism. We welcome applications from survivors of staff/faculty sexual misconduct, as well as other forms of sexual violence. We also welcome suggestions for how to make the space as inclusive as possible for survivors and other marginalised groups. We would also like to receive applications for attendees who would like to participate remotely.

Financial support is available for some attendees, and those who would be unable to attend without this support will be prioritised. You can request financial support on the application form. Please do not rule yourself out if lack of money is a barrier to attending. Alternatively, you can apply to present or participate remotely. For the conference, we will be adopting the guidelines from this Accessible Conference Guide: http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/accessible-conference-guide/

Application submission deadline: Please fill out this online form by Sunday 6 January 2019, midnight British Standard Time/8pm UTC

For further information see https://facultysexualmisconduct.com/call-for-proposals/ or tweet @FassmC or email FacultySexualMisconduct@gmail.com