Why $0.78 on the dollar is probably still a high estimate of women’s compensation

annetaintoryouropinionWe’re definitely underpaid, ladies, considering the extra layer of bull$h!t we have to deal with in the course of just doing our jobs.  Read on for a fascinating illustration of the costs of doing business when you have a female name and internet profile.

Some of us have been having fun on the interwebs recently mocking Donald Trump’s comment Tuesday night that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, “The only card she has is the woman’s card; she’s got nothing else going.  And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote. … The beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, OK, and look how well I did with women tonight!”  Check out the hashtag #womancard on Twitter–who says feminists have no sense of humor?  A lot of the #womancard Tweets, my own included, are about money and women’s access to it.

So it was kind of perfect that I first stumbled upon this series of tweets yesterday, which were then turned into a blog post by Kelly J. Baker, professional writer and recovering academic historian, on “The Men Who Email Me.”  In the spirit of Rebecca Solnit’s essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Baker writes about the consequences of being an unaffiliated writer on the internets.

Long story short, she fields emails from men who think she desperately needs to hear their point of view, or to help them get their essays published.  Because of course, they’re all unrecognized geniuses, and who the heck does she think she is, anyway?  And this represents a drag on her time and energy that represent a hidden cost of being an intellectual woman in public.  Baker writes, Continue reading

#UCDavisPepperSpray Truthbomb! University of California, Davis and pepper spray: the unscrubbed truth.

ucdavispeppersprayDo you remember in 2011 when a campus police officer at UC Davis pepper-sprayed students on the campus? Boy, I remember that day in November of 2011 when UC Davis administrators, including Chancellor Linda Katehi, permitted the pepper-spraying of their own students directly in the face. I remember that day well, November 18, 2011, when Chancellor of UC Davis Linda Katehi permitted students on her campus to be sprayed directly in the face with pepper spray by a campus police officer. Don’t you remember that day, November 18, 2011, when the University of California, Davis, pepper-sprayed its own students? What an unforgettable day, when UC Davis students were pepper-sprayed right in the face.

Don’t let pepper-spraying Chancellor Linda Katehi scrub the internet of references to UC Davis’s outrageous assault on their own students with pepper-spray! Please link and Tweet this link and include this hashtag: #UCDavisPepperSpray.

Just a quick observation–


All this talk from the Bernie Sanders campaign–which it has successfully injected into the political media–about the “calendar” being “favorable” to them? I checked the poll average for Arizona this morning, and it has Hillary Clinton up THIRTY POINTS.

That’s a winner-take-all primary, friends,* versus the caucuses in Utah and Idaho, which will distribute the delegates proportionally. I’m sure Sanders will win in these states, but once again, it’s astonishing that so much of the political media is chasing its tail with the dwindling Sanders campaign and its string of losses rather than noting Clinton’s huge popularity in a populous swing state with a significant Latino population. Continue reading

Here we go again: military historian complains that no one teaches or writes about military history any more, part eleventybillion


Do we exist?

Via Patrick McCray on Twitter yesterday, I learned that Robert Neer, a part-time lecturer in military history, laments the state of military history among professional historians:

I am not a disinterested observer. Since 2011, when I received my PhD in history from Columbia University, I have taught a course called‘Empire of Liberty: A Global History of the US Military’ on and off at the university during the summers – a survey of ideas and events from King Philip’s War in 1675 to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It surprised me to discover that this was the first course on the history of the US military in many years at Columbia. It startled me even more to learn that there is little research into the history of military power at elite US universities (themselves key players, ironically, in the story: Columbia and the University of Chicago gave us atomic weapons, Harvard invented napalm, and MIT and others are major military research centres). In fact, academics nationwide often dismiss military history as the home of fetishists of suffering and antiquarians obsessed with swords, muskets and battlefield tours.

In one of history’s great ironies, when I read Neer’s article, I had just minutes earlier sent another draft of an essay I’ve written for The Routledge Handbook of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military to my editors, Meredith H. Lair (George Mason) and Kara Vuic (Texas Christian University).  Lair and Vuic are two military historians who seem to have found employment at accredited universities in a profession that allegedly refuses to recognize the legitimacy of their field.  Amazeballs!!!  But apparently Lair, Vuic, and I–not to mention our teaching and research–don’t exist, at least not according to Robert Neer.  So what gives?  Why are we completely invisible to some military historians? Continue reading

Why doesn’t Clinton just drop out already?

Remember all of those calls eight years ago for Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Democratic nomination fight in the midst of the March primaries?  Remember all of those Brobama dudez screaming “the math!  The math!  Just look at The Math!”  And why was the b*tch insisting on peeing in the punchbowl when all of the kool kidz just wanted to party on down and let Barack Obama turn his attention to the general election?

Yeah, well:  I’m not going to return the favor.  But just for once, could we take a look at The Math in 2016, courtesy of Philip Bump?  It turns out that Clinton has a +206 earned delegate lead (that’s just counting the delegates she’s earned in the primaries and caucuses so far, not any of the superdelegates).  By comparison to this point in 2008, Obama had only a +90 delegate lead. Continue reading

“How old are those guys? How old are we?”

Via Jonathan Rees on Twitter (he of More or Less Bunk, the blog for all worthy LMS/CMS and MOOC opinionation):

I immediately shared this with my husband (who a few months ago had a birthday ending in a zero), and he asked, “How old are those guys?  How old are we?

It was weird for me as a historian when I became old enough to recognize that parts of my life were a part of specific historical eras.  I think I was in my later 30s or early 40s when I started realizing that my youth was definitely a childhood of the 1970s, and then that my college years were specific to that part of the late 1980s, post-Rock Hudson/AIDS awareness, but definitely before the internet invaded everyone’s lives.  (We had email on an intranet, but no World Wide Web or internet yet.) Continue reading