Yesterday the New York Times featured an article on workplace bullying and the (according to the author) “pink elephant. . . lurking in the room” is the fact that female bullies target other women much more often that not. In the article, “A Sisterhood of Workplace Infighting,” leadership coach Peggy Klaus says that “female bullies … Continue reading Women bullying women
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a major article out now on bullying in the academic workplace, “Academic Bullies.” I was interviewed and extensively quoted in it, so if you’re curious, you can read it to learn the heretofore undisclosed location of my first tenure-track job. (Many thanks to the article’s author, Piper Fogg, who provided Historiann … Continue reading Academic bullying: these boots were made for walkin'
Every time I post on bullies, I get linked to by national blogs (thanks Chronicle of Higher Education, Suburban Guerrila, and Inside Higher Ed!) and the outpouring of misery is disturbing and sobering. The hair-raising stories recounted in the comments here, here, and here have really touched me, and I hope all of you are on … Continue reading Academic workplace bullying: run away, indeed!
There have been a number of good posts ’round these parts recently that have continued discussing bullying and harrassment in academic work environments, especially as they affect women faculty members. (Not so happy trails today, friends–but be good to your horse anyway.) See for example Clio Bluestocking’s appalling stories of harrassment: part I, part II, and part … Continue reading Academic bullying and discrimination round-up, yee-haw!
Happy South Pole summer! We have seen recently that climate change is already a reality in many regions in the world. Summers are hotter, winters are harsher, and weather events everywhere are more extreme. It’s easy to fall into a funk, but take heart! Popular entertainment shows us the way to deal with the economic … Continue reading Everything I learned about dealing with climate change I saw in Christmas movies and TV specials
It’s been too long, friends! What can I say, except that my last six weeks on sabbatical are chock-full of visitors, travel, and reunions, which have left me little time to live in the virtual world. I’m back online now, though, and have an idee or two to share. First, I should say that I’m … Continue reading Real stories from the Post-ac/Alt-ac world: “You Must Change Your Life”
Why are people so confused about the right of both public and private universities to select their student body and establish a code of student conduct? Public universities, as universities that are funded by and answerable to the taxpayers of the U.S. states in which they reside, have to play by somewhat different rules than … Continue reading Universities choose their students, not the other way around.
The New York Times has a revealing article about the suburban New York newspaper, The Journal News, and its decision a few weeks ago to publish a list of names and addresses as well as an interactive map of all of the people who hold handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. The print and … Continue reading But I thought guns made us all safer: fear and intimidation in Westchester County
Hey, kids–good news! Self-appointed language liberator Ann Coulter has proclaimed “retard” to be OK again, and not at all an insult to disabled people, because she says so. So get your “retard” on again, friends! What? You’re not interested in dusting that one off from elementary school in the 1970s and 1980s? I bet you … Continue reading A felony arrest by the “language police!”
I don’t know what is worse–the fact that The Daily Beast has published a press release for this fertility doctor as a news story, or the fact that this story recycles the completely unbelieveable trope that women in their 30s and 40s are truly surprised when they learn they might not be able to have children: Some bosses … Continue reading The Daily Stupid