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Gender and Graduate Education: What Can a Male Faculty Member Speak?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 16, 2014 - 3:47am

I was on a panel yesterday for McNair at the College of St. Scholastica.

One of the students, a woman, asked the two females faculty on the panel how being a woman impacted their experience as graduate students. The two female faculty offered insightful but entirely optimistic "You just need to work harder" "You can do it" answers. (I am totally not being fair to their answers to create a foil to my own; I am sorry about that.)


top five ways that women undermine their own authority

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 10, 2013 - 10:23pm


Here are the top five ways that women undermine their own authority:

1) Ending their declarative sentences and statements on a verbal upswing or “lilt” that communicates self-doubt and deference. “My work is on Japan?” I focus on gender and transnationalism?”

2) Waiting their turn to interject contributions instead of diving in assertively, and seeking a collective experience rather than firmly expressing an individual viewpoint. {raises hand and waits…}


More from Feminist Frequency

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 28, 2013 - 6:50pm


Sexual Violence and Discourse

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 27, 2013 - 11:37pm


Gender Bias in Review of Abstracts in Comm

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 8, 2013 - 6:50am

and from
Original release here:

This almost hurts to read.


“The participants were reading abstracts of 150 words or so and rating their quality. The author names were not displayed prominently and the grad students probably barely glanced at them -- but still they had this effect,” Knobloch-Westerwick said.



Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 20, 2013 - 9:58am

I can't begin to do this topic justice. Sociological Images tells the full story:

"Yesterday two juvenile men were convicted of rape, one was convicted of distributing a nude photo of a minor (NPR). The response by a segment of society reflects rape culture: ”an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture” (source). Below are a series of concrete examples. Trigger warning for rape apologists and victim blaming."


Tropes vs. Women

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 9, 2013 - 6:12am


International Women's Day: Suffrage and Political Rights

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 8, 2013 - 8:03am

...a map of suffrage and other political landmarks for women.
"How have women's political rights changed around the globe to get to this International Women's Day? This interactive map by Lustlab's Lizzie Malcolm in Amsterdam shows the long history of the fight for suffrage and political representation around the globe. Click and drag on the year slider to see the changing face of women's political representation over the years"


Uptalk, Gender and Jeopardy

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 20, 2013 - 5:48am

Just yesterday, I posted about Jeopardy and my family. Below, a discussion of Jeopardy and gender and "uptalk," a phenomenon I learned about in sociolinguistics class.