Feminist Philosophers

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A new radio programme to check out April 27, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 7:28 pm

We’ve got a new post up over at What We’re Doing, about Beth Matthews’s new radio programme, Radical Philosophy. It seeks out women philosophers as interviewees and covers a wide range of topics:

Over the last six months I have unearthed an incredible amount of talent in the topics I have sought interviews for: these topics have ranged from logic and reason, two-dimensional semantics and personal identity. I have also thought outside the standard philosophical box and have aired interviews about the philosophy of female football fans, feminist geography, the sexualisation of young girls and feminist bioethics…


Reader query: Novel for feminist philosophy course?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 7:19 pm

A reader writes:

This is a general request for help in choosing a text for a feminist philosophy course.
At the request of one of my students I would like to add a novel (novella or short story would also be fine) to my syllabus. My student suggested The Handmaid’s Tale, but my preference would be to add something (1) more contemporary or (2) something that considers gender as it intersects with race and/or disability. I have a couple of ideas, but would appreciate more suggestions as I am sure there are great things I’m overlooking. For reference, this is an introductory level undergraduate course open to students who may not have had any previous exposure to either philosophy or women/gender studies.
Thanks for your help!


Feminist Philosopher Honored April 23, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — phrynefisher @ 9:33 pm

Good news for philosophy: several philosophers have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Of interest to readers of this blog, three women philosophers are among those so honored, and of particular interest is the inclusion of feminist philosopher Professor Sally Haslanger!


Elizabeth Anderson on What’s Wrong with Inequality

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 2:56 pm

At the NYT

I think the critical issues for equality concern the range of opportunities available to people, far more than whether choice or luck lands them in one spot or another in that range. Even if being gay were wholly a matter of choice, that would still not justify treating gay people as a stigmatized outcaste group. So the fact that people come to occupy different positions in a social hierarchy as a result of choices they make doesn’t suffice to justify that hierarchy. Many types of hierarchy are unjust no matter how people land in the unequal positions that hierarchy creates.


Am I Being Paranoid? Being a Woman Of Colour In Academia April 22, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — phrynefisher @ 3:48 pm

[W]hen one is constantly given alternate banal explanations for their ‘overly-sensitive’ perceptions, one loses the epistemic ground they stand on. They cease to give credibility to their own perceptions.

This self-doubt about how to comprehend and articulate one’s experiences becomes much harder to escape, when skepticism is cast by people who self-identify as ‘allies.’ If our own allies, well-acquainted with the concept of microaggressions, and well-meaning in their commitment to end discrimination, cannot see our experiences as the very sorts of experiences that they should validate, then it becomes much harder to trust our perception of reality.

From this blog post.


Acceptable or not? Textbook cover April 19, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 10:41 pm

Added Introduction The STEM fields have a well-know gender and race problem. It’s received a lot of attention in academic circles, and there’s been a fair amount of discussion about it on this blog. If you are not aware of this background, then you may not understand this post. I should have made this clear in the original post. As it is, I’m starting to delete comments who think I’m making wierd connections between sex and a cover showing unclothed women on a science textbook.

The picture is indeed from Matisse’s La Danse. Not quite his quality of colors though.
Is it erotic art? Should STEM textbooks have these sorts of covers? Please use the comments if you have more to say.


Added: There are a number of groups who are not well-represented in STEM disciplines. There are also cultural cliches for members of the groups. Sometimes these cliches are captured in quite serious, stunning art. Diego Rivera, for example, has wonderful portrayals of Hispanic gatherings. One way to view the question I’ve tried to raise here is this: Is it a good idea to put such cliches on the covers of textbooks in the fields where the people’s presence is marginal?


A Happy woman in classical art

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 5:33 pm

By Mallory Ortberg at The Toast image image








Do note: there is considerable exaggeration in the comments above. It should be read as wryly humorous, or at least not as scornful of men as an unfriendly reading might have it.


“Pope Stops Investigating the Good Sisters” April 18, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — annejjacobson @ 4:58 pm

An NYTimes editorial.

The Vatican’s misguided investigation of American Catholic nuns seemed thoroughly steeped in chauvinism from its inception three years ago by the church’s male-dominated bureaucracy. Rome’s move against widely respected churchwomen was puzzling and provocative in an era of scandal by male priests committing child rape and being repeatedly shielded by their male superiors…

Proactive orders like the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose members felt they were under close hierarchical watch, are unimpeded in their efforts to revolutionize the treatment of imprisoned women.

What was actually laid bare by the Vatican’s inquiry was the considerable strength of the American sisterhood. Nuns remain unstinting at day-to-day charity in the most suffering corners of society. They continue building educational and intellectual resources personified by respected female theologians. Pope Francis has shrewdly let the nuns’ case fade from his agenda. He has also spoken of creating “broader opportunities” for churchwomen, and the world will be watching for what might come next.

The editorial does strike me as a bit disingenuous, given the nuns were prepared to propose that women should be priests too. But if the Times is implying that the problem of the nuns’ claims about the gender of the priesthood should be placed far below the problem of clergy sexual abuse, I would certainly agree.


Reader Query: Women who work on religion in public square

Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 9:10 am

A reader writes:

I’m organizing a conference tentatively with the theme ‘religion in the public square’ for keynoters. Trying to think of women who’ve worked on this topic I’m drawing a blank. And I do NOT want to run a men-talking-about-religion-in-the-public-square conference! Can anyone think of some names? We meet tomorrow to discuss keynoters so soon would be good. I know I should have thought about this sooner, but I was poking around on the ground asking colleagues for suggestions–and drawing more blanks.



Committee Resignations Over Science Hall of Fame’s Lack of Women Nominees April 14, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — lanternerouge @ 4:20 pm

That this got as far as two committee members actually resigning after two years without a woman nominee, while reportedly the museum still does not understand the objectors’ counter-proposal, suggests organizational problems and failures of internal communication.

Two female researchers tasked with helping to recognize the top scientists in the country have stepped down from their duties to protest lack of recognition for other women in the field.

Judy Illes and Catherine Anderson resigned from the selection committee of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame this month after realizing that no women had been nominated for induction two years in a row.



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