Patriarchal equilibrium: we're doin' it rite!

Check out this story from Inside Higher Ed about the effects of gendered language in letters of recommendation submitted for applicants to faculty positions: You are reading a letter of recommendation that praises a candidate for a faculty job as being “caring,” “sensitive,” “compassionate,” or a “supportive colleague.” Whom do you picture? New research suggests … Continue reading Patriarchal equilibrium: we're doin' it rite!

Patriarchal equilibrium: UR doin' in rite!

Ever wonder why there remains a significant and persistent pay gap between men and women in academia?  Female Science Professor provides a case study from a recent discussion about her salary compression with an administrator: For some reason a certain administrator recently told me that, although I had had (in his opinion) “a spectacular year” … Continue reading Patriarchal equilibrium: UR doin' in rite!

Breast is best…for patriarchal equilibrium?

Squadratomagico (in a recent e-mail exchange) reminded me recently of an article in The Atlantic magazine last spring that may shed some light on this patriarchal equilibrium thingy we’ve been puzzling on for the last six months or so.  (This post may have some interesting connections to some of the conversations going on over at Reassigned Time … Continue reading Breast is best…for patriarchal equilibrium?

Why we call it patriarchal equilibrium, Part II: Historiann says, "Make my day."

As hinted at in yesterday’s post, “Why we call it patriarchal equilibrium, Part I,” Historiann has had her run-ins with this phenomenon, patriarchal equilibrium, and with the interference of administrators in the advancement of women faculty.  Still, it came to me as a surprise, since I’m such an easygoing cowgirl who looks for the best in people … Continue reading Why we call it patriarchal equilibrium, Part II: Historiann says, "Make my day."

Why we call it patriarchal equilibrium, Part I: Buffalo shuffling off women faculty

You be the judge, and be sure to read the comments–the first one is from a SUNY Buffalo faculty member.  Here are the numbers for tenure and promotion at SUNY Buffalo, where according to Inside Higher Ed, Provost Satish Tripathi has tenured 90% of male candidates, but only 75% of female candidates from 2003-08: [Sex … Continue reading Why we call it patriarchal equilibrium, Part I: Buffalo shuffling off women faculty

Wednesday round-up: How-to edition

Howdy, friends.  I’ve got lots of readin’ and writin’ for my day job to get done today, but fortunately there are other paths to enlightenment on the world-wide non peer-reviewed internets: First, Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar has some helpful ideas for young scholars who are contemplating their first conference paper or other research presentation.  The consensus in the comments … Continue reading Wednesday round-up: How-to edition

Thursday roundup: "postfeminism" and bad reputations edition

UPDATED BELOW  Hecksapoppin’, friends.  I’ve got too many irons in the fire, again.  Fortunately, other people are keeping the world-wide non-peer reviewed interwebs loaded with feminist news and views you can use:  First of all, Blake at Down and Out in Denver gives Rebecca Traister’s Big Girls Don’t Cry:  The Election that Changed Everything for American … Continue reading Thursday roundup: "postfeminism" and bad reputations edition

Freedom is mine! Or, "Melodramas of Beset Manhood," redux.

I got my copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom from the mail carrier just minutes ago.  I’ll let you know what I think about it once I’ve read it, since I know some of you are also FranzenFans. Meanwhile, upon Mamie’s recommendation a few days ago in our discussion of Jennifer Weiner’s and Jodi Picoult’s critique of the American literary establishment , … Continue reading Freedom is mine! Or, "Melodramas of Beset Manhood," redux.

Monday round-up: Stampede-a-riffic!

It’s Stampede season here, friends, and we’re all excited about rodeo days and the world’s largest Independence Day rodeo, right here in Potterville!  Heck’s’a’poppin’. First up, the hearings for Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court start today.  Tenured Radical has a nice round-up of her own, with some quality links for your enjoyment.  I liked this … Continue reading Monday round-up: Stampede-a-riffic!