“Evidence of a toxic environment for women in economics”

A “very disturbing report” has been published on how women and men are discussed in an anonymous online economics forum. From today’s New York Times coverage:

“The 30 words most uniquely associated with discussions of women make for uncomfortable reading … hotter, lesbian, bb (internet speak for “baby”), sexism, tits, anal, marrying, feminazi, slut, hot, vagina, boobs, pregnant, pregnancy, cute, marry, levy, gorgeous, horny, crush, beautiful, secretary, dump, shopping, date, nonprofit, intentions, sexy, dated and prostitute.”

The forum is defended by an economics professor at Harvard, who has described it on his blog as “a throwing off of the shackles of political correctness.”

Read more in the New York Times.

Marc Sanders Foundation Public Philosophy Award

Readers may be interested in a new prize for long-form philosophical essays written for a general public audience. Up for grabs are publication in Philosophers’ Imprint, Aeon, Salon, and The Point, and $4,500. Below are details from the announcement.

We invite submissions of unpublished essays (minimum 3,000 words, maximum 8,000) with significant philosophical content or method by authors with significant philosophical training addressed primarily to the general reader. There is no restriction to any area of philosophy. In particular, there is no restriction to practical philosophy. Everyone from graduate students to emeritus professors is encouraged to apply.

The winner of the Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy will receive $4,500. The winning essay will be published in Philosophers’ Imprint, a free online journal specializing in major original contributions to philosophy. The second best essay will be published in Aeon, whose editorial staff will be available to help with the final draft. There will also be an opportunity for the winner(s) to present their work directly to a general audience.

The Award Committee is Chaired by Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. The other committee members are Kenneth A. Taylor, Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-host of Philosophy Talk; David Velleman, Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics at NYU and a founding co-Editor of Philosopher’s Imprint; Barry Maguire, Associate Professor at Stanford University; and Brigid Haines, Editorial Director at Aeon Magazine.

Deadline: 15 September, 2017
Please submit your entry to publicphilosophyaward@gmail.com by 15 September 2017. Please include the essay title in the Subject line. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit all remarks and references that might disclose their identities. Unlike other Marc Sanders Prizes there is no restriction to junior candidates. Philosophers at any career stage are encouraged to submit. No more than one submission per person. Previously published essays will not be considered.

Any inquiries should be sent to Barry Maguire at barrymaguire@gmail.com.

Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland Workshop: Gender, Public Policy, and Philosophies of Emotion

17th June, Moot Court, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

9.30-10.00 Registration and Welcome

10.00-11.30 Gender, Public Policy, Emotion: Philosophical Perspectives I
When is Shame Good? Thinking about the Dynamics of Punishment through Shameful Exposure (Luna Dolezal, Durham University/Trinity College Dublin)
Teaching “Patriotic Love” in Schools (Eileen Brennan, Dublin City University)
The Ethics and Politics of Regret (Paddy McQueen, University College Dublin)

11.30-12.00 Tea/coffee

12.00-1.30 Gender, Public Policy, Emotion: Philosophical Perspectives II
Institutionalisation and the Gendered Politics of Emotion (Clara Fischer, University College Dublin)
Reconsidering 1916: Relational Affect in In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones (Tina Kinsella, TCD)
Affectivity, Gender and Racialization: Fear and Loathing in Europe (Danielle Petherbridge, University College Dublin)

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-4.00 Policy-making and the Gendered Politics of Emotion: Political Representative and Civil Society Perspectives
Ivana Bacik (Senator and Reid Prof. of Law, TCD)
Máiread Collins (Syrian Programme Officer, Christian Aid, London)
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop (NUI Seanad Election Candidate and Outgoing CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre)

4.00-4.30 Coffee Break

4.30-5.30 Keynote Address – Bonnie Mann (Prof. of Philosophy, University of Oregon): Gender, Shame, and Redemption

Please follow the link to register on Eventbrite here:

This event is generously supported by the Society for Applied Philosophy and UCD School of Philosophy.

Organised by Dr. Clara Fischer (University College Dublin) in conjunction with SWIP Ireland.

“Brilliance” and diversity

A study published today in PLOS ONE tracked disciplinary differences in “brilliance”-related vocabulary on RateMyProfessors, finding that “a field’s focus on brilliance predicted the magnitude of its gender and race gaps”.

ADDENDUM: as pointed out in the comments, one of the co-authors of this article is a philosopher, Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton), and the work continues a project previously reported on this blog and elsewhere.

Multiple choice quiz time: female professors …

1. … are appropriately sexualized in their professional capacity while at their place of work.

2. … get all pleased and flirty and giggly on receipt of sexual attention from their male students.

3. … should be addressed as “Miss X”.

4. … all of the above.

If you picked 4, you will love this video from Simon Fraser University, employer of several female professors.*

It’s all about conserving energy, obviously.

* The video has been removed by SFU following complaints.