Must Read C (of Higher) E

That fabulous group of women, the X-Gals, is back with the last of their installments in the Chronicle of Higher Education and it is truly Must Read C (of Higher) E.
This last installment is titled On the Origin of Academic Species and it is a cataloging of the various types of folks who’ve responded to their columns over the past year. Included, as might be expected, are The Generally Disgruntled, The Me-Too, The Condemning Wo/man, and The Dismissive Male. Of the latter, X-Gal Tess Isaac writes:

…when Jana described an adviser who told her to choose between work and family while her newborn struggled with a life-threatening condition, [The Dismissive Male] wrote, “I don’t think many male scientists who had an advisee whose child was dying would ask them to choose between that and their research. Again, that is not representative. (Why would you select that person as your adviser?)”

to which the X-Gals reply

We acknowledge that Jana’s experience with her adviser is atypical, but here is the crucial point: His colleagues knew about his actions yet he still went on to get tenure. At that point, the problem ceased to be between adviser and student, and became institutional. When Jana went looking for an adviser, should she have first asked him, “Oh, by the way, are you Voldemort?”

Ah, that kind of riposte makes Zuska’s heart sing. Zuska loves the X-Gals. The X-Gals encourage you not to let any of the morons you will encounter get you down, and advise you to join with other women in small groups to encourage each other to ignore the moronocity of the idiots who try to hold you back.
It’s good stuff, Zuskateers. Go forth and read.

  1. none
    July 24, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    In what manner to the X-gals suggest making it easier for women? More empathy? Special treatment? Taking a year off after the birth of the child? More time on the tenure clock? If we stipulate that the problem exists, lets talk about viable solutions.

  2. Kim
    July 24, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you for that. I stopped getting the Chronicle because, well, it depressed me. But perhaps that was a mistake. Reading that column… helped.

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