Yay, they think I’m a man!

Posted: October 26, 2010 by Jender in But surely you're male


After receiving an anonymous review of a paper submitted for publication, a female colleague was really excited. I asked her why she was so happy and she told me that the reviewer had referred to her as “he” throughout the review. She thought that being mistaken for a man was a sign of the quality of her work. I admire this colleague, and was disappointed by her apparent internalization of the idea that “real philosophy” (or perhaps “good philosophy”) is “men’s philosophy.”

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