Comments on: Notes on X http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:32:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Z http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1201500 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:52:38 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1201500 I have truly caught h*** in life for not understanding X well enough. Not that I don’t do all the X things — I do, I do them extra — but I never believed in it or liked it, and this is the problem people have with me.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1201323 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:22:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1201323 Can we get a grant for it, is the question. Thanks, loumac!

I like truffula’s bada$$ sparkles, as well as her attitude. Why assume that the glitter will define you, when you have the power to redefine glitter?

(LUSH has lots of skin products with glitter in them, FWIW, if you don’t already know about them.)

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By: loumac http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1201302 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:10:53 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1201302 I love the ranty-rant post! You know what would be Teh Awesome? A “Best of Historiann.” Especially for readers like me who discovered you more recently and would otherwise, maybe, spend the rest of their lives in woeful ignorance of gems like that.

Oh, and toasted bread butts are the best delivery system for huge heaps of scrambled eggs, because they don’t fall apart under the weight. Crumpets have the right heft, too, but being chewier they are harder to cut, and amusing accidents can ensue, involving eggs flying across the kitchen after a knife-slip.

Who says academics don’t make important observations?

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1199084 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 23:30:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1199084 My concern is to set the right tone when I start. I can wear what I want (and decorate my office as I please) where I am now because my work and teaching have a reputation. I agree that judging by appearances, men don’t face this sort of decision.

I had a great conversation with two undergraduate women recently about not letting social pressures define us. The conversation–during a reasearch group meeting–was inspired by the glitter I was wearing at the time. I got interested in the subversive power of sparkles thanks to a charming young man I know who wears glitter. I like to imagine that there is some good in being my flowery, sparkly bada$$ self.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1198951 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 21:57:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1198951 I think it’s interesting that Sontag say “X” as an American problem — explains Koshembos’s comment there. This is gendered, but in complicated ways. (I suspect few men would worry like Truffula about what they wear.)

I don’t worry about kids or meals, but I do worry about what happens to junior faculty if I make service decisions that serve my needs. That’s my “X” right now…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1198745 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:19:03 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1198745 I think you’ll have to see what the locals are wearing to work before you can make up your mind about your wardrobe. Administrators seem to be more effective when they try to listen and learn first, without making too many changes, and then look for allies for their initiatives. Being one of only two women, both of you as firsts, may give you more leeway wardrobe-wise because it’s not like there’s an established precedent for what women proffies or administrators wear in your division.

(Don’t buy suits, though. They’re not in, and moreover, they might send the wrong message in your field esp., in which I imagine that male proffies probably show up in jeans or cargo pants and polarfleece most days.)

I don’t know what to do about X other than try to ignore it, or to think like a man. Don’t worry about what’s for dinner until dinner time. Don’t think about doing anyone else’s work but your work. Don’t think about who’s going to pick up the children until they need to be picked up. Assume someone else will solve these problems for you.

What’s the worst that could happen?

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1198689 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 18:40:00 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1198689 I think you and I read Sontag the same way, Historiann, though I am not sure we all come to the same conclusion about what to do. There may not actually be such a thing. Aim for what feels right for me, recognizing that the feeling is conditioned by the environment in which I work and live, and that I need to give myself some leeway.

I am about to move to a new university, where I will be the first woman ever hired to the academic faculty of my new unit (a young woman hired to a contingent position, also a first, will start at the same time). I have been pondering dialing down my attire, which tends toward the colorful. This is a leadership role and I don’t want to be too easy to stereotype. But then, there were butterflies in my hair when I was offered the job. I don’t think anybody who knows me would say I avoid difficult situations, capitulate, etc. even though I prefer working in a concensus style that certainly does value the sensitivities of others.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1198280 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 14:46:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1198280 I thought Sontag’s thoughts kind of jibed with the rant that concludes this post. I admire her determination to fight X.

(And per Dr. Crazy’s suggestion, I no longer eat the heels of the bread, but instead save them for crumbs!)

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1197085 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 01:45:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1197085 Yeah, koshembos, it totally sucks that some men aim to please others and care about others’ feelings. I think you miss the point of Sontag’s analysis.

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By: koshembos http://www.historiann.com/2012/12/08/notes-on-x/comment-page-1/#comment-1196735 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 21:47:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=20089#comment-1196735 There are many men who “desire to please, to appease, to see oneself through other people’s reactions, to spare other people’s feelings, to care what they think.” Way too many for my taste.

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