Bucking the trend

Posted: November 7, 2010 by Jender in Do try this at home!

I’ve read a couple of stories here about journal referees who presupposed an author was male. I’ve also gotten some of those reviews myself. But I recently got a review that bucked this trend. The referee invented a female name for me (I’ll say it was “Jane”), apologized in case “Jane” was actually a “John”, and proceeded to address all their comments to “Jane”. I liked the fact that someone assumed I was female for once, the less adversarial tone that resulted from my having a name, and the comments themselves, which were thoughtful and constructive. Kudos, anonymous referee; I wish I could buy you a beer and ask you a whole bunch of questions about philosophy!

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