Sexual Harassment

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David Perlmutter, professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, has a column in the November 2 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education on knowing when to keep a secret. Perlmutter offers up some good advice about…

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…

From the Chronicle of Higher Education today: A California state senator grilled Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the California State University system, and John D. Welty, president of its Fresno campus, on their commitment to gender equity in athletics at a special hearing here on Tuesday. The senator is somewhat peeved about two recent settlements…

The Price of Bias

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports California legislators plan to look into whether there is widespread gender bias in the California State University system following a lawsuit that resulted in a multi-million dollar award to Cal State-Fresno’s former women’s volleyball coach. State Sen. Don Perata, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, said…

But She’s So Cute!

I’ve been doing some reading over at Twisty’s place this afternoon, and, you know, it’s the usual patriarchy-blaming that helps raise your blood pressure. I do admire Twisty’s way with a phrase. Then I came across this post. And it was more than the blood pressure; I wanted to scream in frustration and anger. A…

Sexual Harassment: A Question of Power

Bora at A Blog Around the Clock alerted me to an article in Science Daily titled Power And Sexual Harassment — Men And Women See Things Differently. Issues of power, workplace culture and the interpretation of verbal and non-verbal communication associated with sexual harassment were the focus of a study by Debbie Dougherty, assistant professor…

Letter to AAUW in Support of Kay Weber

Absinthe has asked me to do a mirror post of her post on this issue. So, here it is. Several months ago I told you about the Kay Weber v Fremilab lawsuit in my post Class action lawsuits. If you read the link to her federal court Complaint contained in that post, you will see…

Why I Am Not Polite

Occasionally one of my (usually male) readers will take me to task for what he considers to be my unwarranted angry – dare I say, strident? – tone of voice. Can I not be more polite? More reasonable? Would I not catch more flies with honey? Only speak sweet reason, dear crazy bitch Zuska, they…

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.…