In meeting with a graduating senior this afternoon, I learned that her only exposure to a woman philosopher, in a syllabus for a class, was in my freshman seminar on the masters of suspicion with some readings on Arendt and in a 400-level class now in her senior year. In my seriously progressive department, how… Continue reading the life of clarice or philosophy?
As i’ve posted before, the website inviting people to report what it’s like to be a woman in philosophy is a huge gift. In many places, apparently, it sucks. I gather especially in those “Leiterrific” departments that see themselves as doing hard core philosophy. Hmmmm. I know it can be awful, intimidating, and all… Continue reading the responsibility of being a woman in philosophy
On today’s New York Times op-ed page, financial editor Joanne Lipman asks how it is that women finally make up half the work force and are the major breadwinner in 40 percent of families and yet are still treated as either witches or bimboes. Op-Ed Contributor The Mismeasure of Woman By JOANNE LIPMAN Published: October… Continue reading The Mismeasure of Woman
There’s plenty to complain about Sarah Palin and her views on politics and campaigning. Yesterday I mentioned her insulting views about community organizing. The blogger Brendan Skwire relates a couple of terrific and hilarious anecdotes about calling McCain campaign headquarters to inquire about Palin’s views on community organizers such as the founding fathers and contemporary… Continue reading Palin Right and Wrong
According to Paul Begala, the core of the Democratic Party are hardworking white Americans. And according to the Clinton-camp logic, hardworking white American women should line up behind Hillary. It seems to take a Republican, namely Peggy Noonan in today’s Wall Street Journal, to point out the logic of what’s happening to the Democratic Party… Continue reading Enough
Today’s Washington Post has an interesting piece on Columbia University’s economist Graciela Chichilnisky and her ongoing disputes with her university over pay equity. The article raises familiar issues about perceived differences between successful men’s and successful women’s demeanors. Columbia officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing litigation, said Chichilnisky can be… Continue reading Dispute Continues over Econ Prof Pay
Why are women only 21% of faculty in philosophy compared to 41% in the humanities overall? See links on the SWIP page for thoughts on this question as well as a post on Lemmings. Here’s an additional possibility: Might it be that conventional philosophy in America styles itself more like the sciences than like the… Continue reading Women, Children, and Philosophy
There is an epidemic of rape occurring in the Congo. Jan Goodwin documented this three years ago for The Nation: Last May, 6-year-old Shashir was playing outside her home near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), when armed militia appeared. The terrified child was carried kicking and screaming into the bush. There,… Continue reading The Congo