Women, Excellence, and Competition

Susan Chira has an article at the NYT about women’s experience in business, the possible connection to barriers in politics, and what some of those structural barriers to high status positions seem to be.

“Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were: It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers.”

“In recounting their experiences, some women were philosophical; several swung between barely suppressed fury and bouts of self-blame. “

The article also contains what might be the crowning glory of Dunning-Kruger anecdotes:

“Many women, accomplished as they are, don’t feel the same sense of innate confidence as their male peers. Gerri Elliott, a former senior executive at Juniper Networks (who said she did not personally encounter bias), recounts a story related by a colleague: A presenter asked a group of men and women whether anyone had expertise in breast-feeding. A man raised his hand. He had watched his wife for three months. The women in the crowd, mothers among them, didn’t come forward as experts.”

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CFP: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference

The 7th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference
at The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA
May 18-21, 2017

Including sessions presented jointly with the
Comics and Popular Arts Conference

## Keynote Speakers
* Alice Dreger, PhD, historian and author of Galileo¹s Middle Finger
* Ari Larissa Heinrich, PhD, UC San Diego – Department of Literature

## Conference Description
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between
human, ethical, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and
science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on
the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand
how values and science can and do influence one another, but also how they
should interact (as well as interactions and influences that should be
avoided). Finally, we are ultimately interested in promoting ethically
responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological
innovation, the social conditions for the pursuit and appreciation of
science and technology, and critical reflection about the influence of
science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and

Target themes include:

* Science, Technology, and Social Justice
* Socially-Driven and Public-Interest Science
* Values in Climate Science and Policy
* Authority of Science in Democratic Societies
* Science and Moral Imagination
* Values in Interdisciplinary Research
* Interdisciplinarity in the Study of Values in Science
* Connecting Philosophy of Science & Philosophy of Technology
* Connecting Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine / Philosophy of Biology
* “Values in Science” in History & Sociology of Science
* Representations of Science in Pop Culture
* Imagining the Future of Science and Society through Science Fiction
* Politics and Ethics of Media Representations of Science

More information about the conference and how to submit at the website:

CFA: Michigan State University Philosophy Graduate Conference

Call for abstracts and creative works for the 18th Annual Michigan State University Philosophy Graduate Conference: The conference will take place March 17th-19th, 2017. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 22nd.
The conference theme is “How is this Conference Philosophy: Women of Color and Philosophy”. Building on Dr. Kristie Dotson’s paper “How is this Paper Philosophy?”, we hope to host a conference that celebrates and complicates the relationships between women of color and philosophy. We are interested in work of women of color in and out of professional philosophy and on the status of women of color in philosophy. Additionally, we are honored to have Dr. Mariana Ortega of John Carroll University as the conference keynote speaker. For more information on the conference and details on how to submit a paper or creative work, please review the attached Call for Papers and Creative Works. We ask that you save the conference dates and share this Call for Papers and Creative Works with your networks.
(notice from Shelbi Meissner and Ayanna Spencer)
More information:

In addition to paper presentations, we invite women of color philosophers to bring art, poetry, spoken word, dance, and/or song to share during presentation, to display at gatherings, or to perform during our Conference Open Mic. 2

Submission Guidelines: Submissions should be sent to philconf@msu.edu. Please submit the following: 1. Cover Letter (1 page): In this letter, we ask that you address: i. A short biography ii. How your paper or planned paper coheres with the themes of the conference? iii. If applicable, please describe the creative work you are interested in sharing at the Open Mic and what, if any, relationship it has to your research interests. 2. Paper Abstract: The paper abstract may be up to 500 words. Note that the final conference paper should not exceed 4,000 words. 3. Working-bibliography: Please provide a working-bibliography of the sources you intend to use in your project. Submission Deadline: Please submit the cover letter, abstract, and working bibliography by Sunday, January 22nd, 2017. You will receive a notification of acceptance on Friday, January 27th, 2017.
If you have questions, please email philconf@msu.edu.

CFP: Law, Philosophy, Feminism – Jan 15th

Final Call for Papers:

Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities: Philosophy’s Practical Turn

The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (YJLH) is seeking full submissions for a symposium section of the Spring 2017 issue. The journal seeks submissions that employ methods of philosophy (broadly construed) to investigate practical legal issues. We hope to publish articles representative of an array of philosophical traditions and contemporary issues. The special section aims to exemplify how philosophical approaches and insights provide distinctive and significant contributions to practical legal debates.

Example topics include:

Bioethics, biolaw, and technology

Feminist philosophy of law

Law and philosophy of race, gender, sexuality

Mass incarceration and prisons

Neuroscience, law, and philosophy

Philosophical analyses of legal evidence or standards of proof

Philosophy of disability and the law

Practical just war theory and philosophy of war

Topics in practical ethics (e.g. abortion, capital punishment) with a legal-philosophical angle

Please submit papers prepared for anonymous review to yjlh@yale.edu by January 15, 2017. We also aim to accept and publish standard submissions for Volume 29(2) (in addition to articles chosen for the special section of the issue). Please send regular submissions to yjlh@yale.edu.

Debate on Prostitution at iai.tv

There’s a video of a debate about prostitution up at The Institute of Art and Idea’s website: “Victims and Conquerors”. (I haven’t watched it myself.)

From the site:

Camille Paglia famously claimed “the prostitute is not the victim of men but rather their conqueror”. Is the demeaning of prostitution strangely part of the patriarchy? Is it time to revere the prostitute as an outlaw who controls sexual contact? Or would this demean us all?

The Panel

Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes joins commentator and author of Life at the Bottom Theodore Darlymple, and Catherine Hakim to examine one of society’s last taboos.

Some of the site’s other debates may also be of interest:

“Rethinking Feminism: Is there a universal goal for women’s rights?”

“In Place of Prejudice: Can rationality provide a basis for morality?”

Example of Gaslighting of Women in the Wild

A public facebook post by Amadi Lovelace made the following points about the recent Trump baby gaffe (this link has the transcript, but also an autoplay video):

In talking about Trump and the baby, people seem to be focusing on the idea of “who yells at a baby?” And it is kind of in line with our questions about his temperament to frame this as Trump yelling at a baby.

But he didn’t yell at a baby. He yelled at a woman who had a baby.

And more importantly, he didn’t just yell at her, he gaslighted her, telling her at first that it was OK that her baby was fussing, and then acting like she was nuts for taking him at his word and should have somehow divined magically that he actually wanted her to leave.

This was an example of three horrible things all wrapped up in one. First, Trump’s tendency toward doublespeak, saying one thing, meaning the exact opposite and acting like everyone else is bizarre and ignorant for taking his words at face value. Second, the aforementioned gaslighting, which is an always an abuse tactic, full out.

Third, and this is a little more nuanced, it’s a prime example of the insidious way in which parenting forces women, especially, out of public life. When babies aren’t welcome somewhere, when babies start crying, it is mothers who are expected to stay home, mothers who are expected to take the baby out, mothers whose lives are interrupted.

It’s not “Trump yells at a baby.”

It’s “Trump uses abusive tactics and reinforces marginalization of women with children by yelling at mother of young baby.”

Sometimes brevity is the enemy of an accurate picture of just how bad something is.

Conference: Bias in Context


Bias in Context: Psychological and Structural Explanations
The University of Sheffield, September 5th & 6th 2016
Humanities Research Institute

Full details, registration and accessibility information are available at this link: http://biasincontext.weebly.com/

What is the relationship between psychological and structural explanations of persistent social injustice? Much empirical and philosophical work focuses on individualistic psychological explanations for ongoing injustice. Such explanations appeal to phenomena such as prejudice, implicit bias, stereotyping, and stereotype threat, in order to understand persisting inequities in a broad range of contexts, including educational, corporate, and informal social contexts.

A key challenge to this body of work maintains that the focus on individual psychology is at best obfuscatory of, and at worst totally irrelevant to, more fundamental causes of injustice, which are institutional and structural. Yet structural explanations face difficulties accommodating the extent to which individual agency is implicated in those problematic structures or institutions. Nor are they well placed to articulate how individual agency might be directed towards changing these structures.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference series is to examine the relationship between psychological explanations and structural explanations of injustice. This work will generate more fully worked-out understandings of the interaction between these two kinds of explanation. These understandings can inform both future empirical study, institutional policy, and individual and collective action.

Dr Saray Ayala (California State University, Sacramento)
Dr Lacey Davidson & Dr Daniel Kelly (Purdue University)
Dr Alex Madva (Cal Poly Pomona)
Professor Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield)
Dr Joseph Sweetman (University of Exeter)
Professor Nicole Tausch (University of St Andrews)
Dr Robin Zheng (Yale-NUS College)

Thanks to the Mind Association, The Society for Applied Philosophy, and the Analysis Trust for their support.

Analysis Trust bursaries are available to post-graduates and underemployed philosophers in order to subsidize up to 50% of the costs of registration and accommodation. Interested parties should contact the organizers to inquire about such bursaries.

If you have any queries, please contact the organizers:
Andreas Bunge: afbunge1[AT]Sheffield.ac.uk
Administrative assistant
Jules Holroyd: j.d.holroyd[AT]Sheffield.ac.uk
Erin Beeghly: erin.beeghly[AT]Utah.edu