“Patiently, during office hours, he tried to explain his course material, even while privately he wondered if some of his students had been mistakenly admitted to college, because they seemed to him mildly retarded.”—Intuition by Allegra Goodman (p. 30)
Many people have contacted me on Twitter in the past day to say they are offended by that video. To you, and others, I am deeply sorry.
The video was done in very poor taste and I was frankly shocked to see that it had your name attached to it. You see, if you had called out Einstein’s behaviour towards Curie and THEN launched into your speech about how “oh noes women in science are still being harassed, underrecognized and underrepresented, whatever can the average Joe do” it would have changed the whole thing and you would have gotten the point across. As it is now, you didn’t. On the contrary, your video perpetrates the whole “women in silence are being harassed, it’s a fact” and the implicit, “it’s a fact, one can do nothing about it”. You had a chance to speak out against tolerating such behaviour and you didn’t.
Moreover, admit that you made a mistake, do not hide behind, “it was meant as a joke” and “we intended a different message to come across”. Your intention means SHIT. You’re actions DO, and you took none. I for one am disappointed, precisely because I KNOW your previous body of work and I know your attitude towards these issues.
“The chance to make things up is so exciting…you get a chance to stand on the prow of the boat and look out at this huge continent that no one has ever seen before. You could spend time describing your own street or whatever you have in your refrigerator or whatever emotional problems you think you might have. Or you could stand on the edge of the ship and try to describe this jungle, this thing you see, and to me that’s what a story is. Whether it’s a novel or a song, it’s this beautiful, big scary place that only you know about.”—Josh Ritter (via stephanieshift)
university rankings, in general, are not representative of your university’s “quality of education”. Indicators associated with teaching make up around 7.5-25% of the scores, depending on the ranking, and mainly consist of indicators such as “academic reputation”, “number of Nobel prize winners”, faculty’s citation scores (where humanities are severely underrepresented due to the nature of data collection (seehere), or number of papers published in “high impact” (HI) journals such as Nature or Science (there are no corresponding HI journals for the humanities). Rankings may carry a certain overt prestige but in itself are not indicative of a superior education of undergraduate and graduate students.
Rankings are not meaningful for the humanities; they measure the natural sciences.
Don’t believe me? Have a look at the methodology of well-known rankings yourself:
“I’ve met someone new now I know I deserve
I’ve never met someone loves the world more than her
She’s been through her own share of hard times as well
And she’s learned how to tear out the heaven from hell.”—Hopeful by Josh Ritter
1. There is such a thing as a “real” woman and she is defined by “having curves,” which is not to be confused with “being fat,” and if you fall too far outside of that particular bell curve, you do not count as a “real” woman.
2. There is something inherently wrong with you if you have slept with a certain number of people, and it must be the result of some former trauma or unfinished business you have.
3. There is something inherently wrong with you if you are insisting on remaining a virgin until marriage, or indefinitely, and it is something that can be rectified with “the right man.”
4. Bisexual women are simply “going through a phase” or “having a little fun,” and are doing it mostly for the attention of the men they are more attracted to.
5. There is a direct correlation between the kind of clothes you wear and the amount of respect you deserve.
6. Men are entitled to sex with you after a certain amount of nice gestures, and if you remain uninterested after the right combination of activities and words, you are responsible for his unhappiness for being a cold bitch.
7. You are “supposed to” enjoy and universally support any number of female artists and creators simply because she is female, and not because you actually identify with her work in any way.
8. There is a certain amount of your worth as a person — and it’s significant — which is tied up in your relationship status.
9. You owe strange men on the street who call out to you and make you feel uncomfortable to smile at them and cheerfully dismiss their advances.
10. If you don’t smile, and you don’t make yourself as amicable as possible while getting away, you are guilty of being a frigid bitch.
11. If you are too friendly, you’re leading them on.
12. The vast majority of your value in dating someone is how good-looking you are. The other qualities you may or may not possess are rendered largely unimportant in the face of your physical beauty.
13. If you don’t look like a photoshopped image of a model in a magazine, there is something inherently wrong with you, and not with the image.
14. If you spend enough money on beauty products, clothes, and haircuts, you will become as beautiful (and therefore as worthy) as said women in the magazines.
15. There is a “correct” course of action to take as a woman when you are in an abusive relationship, and if you don’t follow it to the letter, you are deserving of shame and mockery for not presenting a good example for other women.
16. It is every woman’s job to be a model of some kind for other women in her life.
17. If one woman acts a certain way, or engages in a certain behavior, she is a reflection on all women and not just herself and her personal choices.
18. There are certain things that women should inherently want out of life, such as marriage and having children, and if you do not want those things there is something defective about you.
19. As a woman, the question you should be asking yourself as you enter your career is unquestionably “How do I have it all?” The underlying assumption is always that you want both a family life and a career, lest you be considered lazy or immature on either front.
20. There are certain choices we can make in life which are inherently more feminist than others, such as choosing to delay family life in order to have a high-powered career.
21. Sex work is something dirty and shameful, and being an educated, hard-working, good person and being a sex worker are mutually exclusive.
22. There is a way to date and have sex and meet people which is more moral and respectable than another.
23. Your sexuality should always be someone else’s business, and other people should get a say in the control you have over your own body.
24. If you are a take-charge person who is hard-working and demanding of others the way many men who are deeply respected in business might be, you are a bitch. And that is that.
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“To be a woman, and to live life in a woman’s body, is to be held to a set of comically paradoxical standards that make you constantly second-guess yourself and jump through a million hoops in pursuit of an impossible perfection.”—Source: Stop Catcalling Me - Thought Catalog
“I’ve never squandered an opportunity to read. There are only 24 hours in the day, seven of which are spent sleeping, and in my view at least four of the remaining 17 must be devoted to reading. A friend once told me that the real message Bram Stoker sought to convey in “Dracula” is that a human being needs to live hundreds and hundreds of years to get all his reading done; that Count Dracula, basically nothing more than a misunderstood bookworm, was draining blood from the necks of 10,000 hapless virgins not because he was the apotheosis of pure evil but because it was the only way he could live long enough to polish off his extensive reading list. But I have no way of knowing if this is true, as I have not yet found time to read “Dracula.”—