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Isn’t Rape Really Just All About Sex?

I know I’m supposed to be posting installment three in the work-life balance series – and it’s coming tomorrow, I promise – but I was distracted by this post by Isis’s new co-blogger. I think there’s a relatively strong consensus that this invention is clearly a bit of Technology Gone Bad. In a really old…

It’s certainly a tragedy when anyone takes their own life. I feel very sorry for the surviving family members and colleagues affected by the suicides of two U. of Iowa professors accused of sexual harassment who took their own lives last year. And yet. I have little patience with this Chronicle of Higher Education article…

Locking the Barn Door

You are a university president. You naturally wish to avoid scandal and negative publicity during your administration. The time to make it mandatory for all faculty and staff to undergo training in how to avoid sexual harassment is: A: When you take office, or shortly thereafter. B: After one of your professors is caught emailing…

The Authorities: Always Looking Out For Women

So I’m skimming along in Google Reader, thinking it’s the year 2007, when whoa! I happen upon this post by Female Science Professor. Did he actually call her “science lady”? WTF? What millennium are we living in? And this is the kind of response you get from the authorities when you are calling about a…

Joeseph Schlessinger: Yale’s Liability

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s news blog has a little item on Joseph Schlessinger. You may know him as the “internationally known researcher and head of the pharmacology department at Yale University” famous for his “his work in figuring out how information flows between a cell surface and the cell — studies credited with laying…

Methods of Prohibition

Following up on my entry on Joanna Russ’s book, How to Suppress Women’s Writing, and its application to women in science and engineering… In discussing “prohibitions”, Russ notes” First of all, it’s important to realize that the absence of formal prohibitions against committing art [or science] does not preclude the presence of powerful, informal ones.…

Hostile Environment – Examples

So, what would be an example of someone creating a hostile environment in the workplace or educational setting? An example of “frequent, non-trivial acts of a sexual nature” might be, oh, say repeatedly raping your lab assistant nearly 80 times. The rapist in this case was R. Igor Gamow, “a prominent inventor and chemical engineer…

A Hard Doom

It was Faramir in The Lord of the Rings who described Frodo’s task as “a hard doom and a hopeless errand”. I must confess to feeling that way myself about my own self-imposed task of reporting to you about the pond scum of academia, those who discriminate and harass, the bilious lechers and sexual abusers…