“Maybe you should consider a change of career”

Posted: March 4, 2014 by Jender in Bad news, failure to take women seriously, focus on appearance, harassment, insults, objectifying women, trivialising women

One of my classmates chose a particularly obnoxious faculty member to sit on her dissertation committee. I asked her what she was thinking. She told me that it was only my relationship with him that was strained. He failed her defense, and placed a Victoria’s Secret catalogue in her school mailbox with a note, “Maybe you should consider a change of career.”

She did reconfigure her committee, and pass her defense six months later…

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