Historiann spent the last weekend riding Old Paint around the Sonoma and Napa Valleys and attending the birthday luncheon of dear friends here. (Beautiful setting, incredible wine and food, but short on hitching posts, amazingly enough.) Happy birthday to JPZ and RJM!
So herewith is a feminist academic news roundup, the bad news/good news/bad news edition:
- Here’s the latest example of a sectarian university shedding women and feminist scholars like they have cooties: Rosemary Radford Ruether, a married woman in her seventies, was apparently too terrifyingly radical to hold the one-year visiting appointment as the Monsignor John R. Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology at the University of San Diego. You can see Professor Ruether’s frighteningly accomplished record here, if you want, or you can just go along with the church’s judgment that women are closer to animals and are therefore incapable of serious theology and unworthy of ordination. And how’s that working out for you in Western Europe, Canada, and the U.S., boys?
- This story about girls’ and boys’ math equality was reported everywhere in the world, but I saw it first in the Denver Post, print edition. That’s the good news–or, should I say, the “duh” news?–portion of our roundup.
- Mary Hatcher-Skeers has a thoughtful commentary on the “brain drain” of women in science. Go read the comments to her article–is it any wonder so many talented and smart women run screaming away from jobs where they may have to work with “Robert,” “Frank,” and “Assistant Professor?” Nice work, a$$holes. Arguing like that will prove once and for all that women face no barriers to careers in science! Kinda like the little troll infestation at this blog, when I posted on the problem of antifeminist commenters on women’s blogs. P.S. to all trolls: please master the rules of effective sock puppetry! When you post under different names but from the same IP address, you pretty much give away your little secret. Putting on dressup clothes and talking in a funny voice when you post under a different name doesn’t really do it! Also, special note to the banned commenter, who keeps trying to post stalkerish and obsessive comments: guess what? You’re still banned–consider it a life sentence, and just go away. Or do you think you get to play by insurance company rules here? (H/t to Susie at Suburban Guerrilla.)