I talked a little about some push back against “required diversity statements” for those applying for faculty jobs here.
So, on a related note, the Florida Governor is requiring students, faculty and staff to complete viewpoint surveys. Now I do NOT know whether these will be anonymous or not and if they are, that makes them a different animal than the required “diversity statement.” And these appear to be “after the fact”; not “to see if we will admit you or hire you” sort of thing.
I will be following this to see what develops.
This was part of a Twitter dust up about women in academia and clothing:
I think this started it all:
Now some of the conversation is that “sexy attire and intellectual accomplishment are independent” and I’d agree with that.
But for me, the issue is: is there event appropriate, situationally appropriate attire?
I’d say “yes”; one can make a statement with attire and how one is dressed can affect how one is perceived (“serious?” “professional?” )
I’d venture to say that some attacking this lady for saying what she did would attack this scientist:
But..in “woke friendly” communities, there ARE double standards based on “privilege”: some think that males should NEVER comment on what a woman wears (unless it is something with, say KKK or a swastika) and, due to “privilege”, women have license to do that to men.
BTW, I did think this shirt was a bad shirt for the occasion …but thought the pile on was unwarranted …(maybe some gentle correction would have been better: psst: dude: bad shirt; wear something else next time)
And..this is one reason I think that academics get is so completely wrong when it comes to politics or to getting the public to go along.
Critical Race Theory interesting discussion here:
This won’t change anyone’s mind but it might help the skeptic see what the other side thinks.