No, But Some Things Are I had some unfortunate exchanges with a colleague a few weeks ago. It wasn't pretty. This person has come to me a number of times for advice on trans* issues, and I've happily obliged. Unfortunately, I really have no interest in helping her anymore after what happened. There's a little
Well, A Tough Month, Really I spent a lot of today either crying or on the perpetual verge of bawling. It doesn't get this bad very often, but it happens. I got triggered pretty bad today. Lately, I've been giving a couple presentations on my thoughts about how fucked up "allies" and ally culture are,
But He Didn't See It That Way The academic job market, particularly in philosophy, is very rough. Typically, there are 300-400 applicants per job, at least 50 of which are equally highly qualified. There are also many biases at work in how people evaluate an application package. For example, there's a highly controversial informal "ranking"
Reasonable Expectations and Learning Experiences Gender binarism is the view that there are two, mutually exclusive genders: man and woman. This tends to align with there being only two, mutually exclusive sexes: male and female. (I don't buy into the clear sex/gender distinction, so I use male/female/man/woman interchangeably.) Oppositional sexism is the view that the
If You Want to Know if A Department is Friendly to Trans* Students, Ask Trans* Students A recent thread on the fantastic blog, Feminist Philosophers, asks for people to weigh in about what a prospective trans* PhD student can do about her situation in applying to grad programs, and there are also questions about general