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On being female in a male-dominated profession

In this case, the profession of philosophy. Rose Woodhouse (a pseudonym) writes a three-part series for The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Part One is on why some academic subfields are still male-dominated, part two is on how looks matter to others’ perceptions of a female philosopher, and part three is on how motherhood affects a professional philosopher’s work.


14 responses to “On being female in a male-dominated profession

  1. Anonymous June 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Isn’t this the sort of post we were trying to get away from by fleeing Leiter?

    • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

      I think you’ve confused this site with Philosophy for Closed-Minded A**holes.

    • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 3:59 am


    • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 6:33 am

      Not at all, no.

    • anonymous June 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      No. I don’t know why anyone assumed this would be a conservative crackpot haven. Piss off.

      • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Exactly. I know I for one did not stop checking Leiter because of his occasional attention to issues like this, which are genuinely important, but rather because of his tiresome desire to portray anyone who disagrees with him as either an idiot and/or morally corrupt.

        Keep up the good work on this blog, and keep up the attention to a broad range of philosophical issues and concerns.

        • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

          Yes. As a leftie, I’ve moved over here as I don’t want a delusional and dogmatic bully like Leiter representing the left. I think one of the reasons women find philosophy aversive is because of the aggressive table-pounding types like Leiter; it’s ironic that he presents himself as a champion for women’s causes in philosophy since he’s part of the problem

        • Anon June 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm

          Speaking of “delusional and dogmatic,” 4:34 pm just gave us a nice example. (Sorry posted this in the wrong place before)

  2. Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for posting this!

  3. Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I’m with anon @ 1004p. For one, this isn’t news, under any sense of ‘news’, For another, it’s the sort of left-leaning propaganda Leiter is so annoying about. Just *do* philosophy, people.

    • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

      So someone writing (on what is frequently a conservative-leaning site) about her experiences as a woman in philosophy is “left-leaning propaganda”. Oooooooookay.

      “Just *do* philosophy”, indeed.

  4. Lucas Thorpe June 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Philosophy may be male dominated in certain countries – but it is not clear that this is the case in all countries. I put up some information on the gender ratios in my department in Turkey, here:

  5. Naomi June 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this!


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