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Mary Ellen Waithe

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Beautifully stated. I am one of those women who was refused the "privilege" of becoming an undergraduate philosophy major because, as the Dept. Chair said I would "just get married, have babies and waste it." That overt form of gender discrimination at a public university was perfectly legal in 1970. Now, I am a tenured full Professor and Chair of my department, the proud beneficiary of a generation of brave feminist activism by others. These demoralizing stories bring back memories of the bad old days. Too bad they're still with us, if in a more subtle--and therefore more difficult to oppose--form.

Oh, by the way, as a perfectly immature 20-year old back then, I left my meeting with the chair secretly wishing him dead. Six weeks later his karma kicked him in the ptush and he was dead. If the new chair hadn't dismissed concerns about me "wasting it" I wouldn't have made it this far. Women should not need to wait for certain men to die in order to achieve equal opportunity.

Ruth Groff

Thank you for the really lovely post, Eric.

I hope that soon the discipline will try to think - & feel - equally difficult & challenging (to white people) things about how very, very white it is, institutionally.

It's heartening to think that the general intellectual tone in professional philosophy will also change, as a result of these struggles, along with shifts in structural power and a decrease in harassment.


The first sentence seems to missing a word? (Maybe I'm mis-reading it?)

"During the last six months, the skeletons in professional philosophy's are oozing out of the closets."

Maybe you meant,

"During the last six months, the skeletons in professional philosophy's closets are oozing out." ?

Eric Schliesser

Darn, Ed, you are right. Thanks for catching that.

Carla Fehr

Thank you.

Nicole Wyatt

Well said.

Roma Hernandez

Thank you for responding to 'current student' with these words. I am bookmarking this post and will read it when I need encouragement.

David Forman

Nicely stated.

It's too bad that there is no real alternative to Leiter's blog. (By an "alternative," I mean a blog with *very short* posts that will keep one up-to-date with what is going on in the profession without attempting to do any actual philosophy.) Maybe now would be a good time for someone to make a go of it.

It's not good for a city to have just one newspaper, and that's kind of what we have going on here.

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