Male Grad Student Pretty Sure Female Colleagues Are 'Paranoid B-Words'

Life is hard for the male grad student whose heartfelt cry you're about to read. That's because somehow — and he has no idea how this could be happening — he's always offending his female colleagues, who seem to think he's some kind of sexist douche. » 10/29/14 10:10am 10/29/14 10:10am

'Conservative University' Video Says Feminism Ruins Women's Studies

Prominent Tea Party Thought-attempters have launched something they're calling "Conservative University," a series of online video lectures designed to spread the tenets of conservatism to a younger, plugged in generation of dweebs who are into watching online lectures in their free time. So far, the only course… » 6/24/14 1:00pm 6/24/14 1:00pm

College Professors Biased Toward White Men

The ivory tower of academia might be the last place you'd expect a systemic bias toward privileged groups, what with all the liberal atheist professors of Queer Women's Basketweaving Studies teaching their Humanities and pushing the Gay Agenda™ running around. Turns out that's not quite the case. » 5/03/14 4:57pm 5/03/14 4:57pm

The Miley Cyrus College Course Prof Is Here to Answer Your Questions

Carolyn Chernoff, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College. This summer, she will be the instructor of a two-and-a-half-hour, three-day-a week class called "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media." » 4/04/14 2:20pm 4/04/14 2:20pm

Female Professor Loses Job Offer When She Tries to Negotiate

Women, lean in! Women, negotiate! Women, step up to the plate! Women ask for what you want! The worst they could say is "no"! Great advice, except for when it's the worst advice; for one female academic, the worst they could — and did — say was "actually, never mind. We don't want to hire you now that we know what you… » 3/13/14 12:30pm 3/13/14 12:30pm

University of Colorado to Make Philosophy Department Way Less Sexist

Today in cartoonishly sexist news, the University of Colorado at Boulder released an outside report shedding light on how systemically hostile its philosophy department is to women hires. » 2/03/14 6:40pm 2/03/14 6:40pm

Academics Gone Wild: This MLA Conference Craigslist Ad Is Delightful

The Modern Language Association Conference, an annual gathering of academics from across the country, starts Thursday. Perhaps you are picturing a staid summit of tweedy brainiacs? Wrong! Let this MLA-themed Craigslist personal ad set you straight. » 1/07/14 3:45pm 1/07/14 3:45pm

Oxford’s Director of Mansplaining: Girls Are Too Risk-Averse on Exams

Making gross generalizations is usually a recipe for disaster, and though you might think that the director of admissions at Oxford University might know better than to make some broad, sweeping pronouncement about how girls’ guts are way more indecisive than boys’ guts, you’d be wrong, prey to the very same sort of… » 8/18/13 4:30pm 8/18/13 4:30pm

University Kicks Woman Out for Being Gay, Still Charges Tuition

Danielle Powell was one semester short of earning her bachelor's degree when she was kicked out of Nebraska's religious Grace University for being gay in the year two thousand and twelve. Now, she says the only way the school will transfer her credits to another university is if she agrees to pay up $6,300. » 6/16/13 9:30pm 6/16/13 9:30pm

At Long Last, Porn Is Getting Its Very Own Academic Journal

Smutty doodles, nudie pixxx, and elaborately-staged sex shows were important way before the Internet, but the Internet greatly facilitates the dissemination (te-he-he) of porn, so it only makes sense that academics have decided that the world can no longer do without an academic journal (that no one will ever read)… » 5/02/13 8:35pm 5/02/13 8:35pm

University of Chicago Professor Very Disappointed that Female…

Here's a thing that you should do if you're a professor at an academic conference: listen to your colleagues' presentations and meet new friends, possibly for future professional collaboration. Here's a thing that you shouldn't do if you're a professor at an academic conference: take to Facebook and publicly bitch… » 10/17/12 6:15pm 10/17/12 6:15pm

Academic Scientists Are Seriously Biased Against Women and There’s…

Women working in STEM fields may have to stare into the beady, clown-eyes (clowns are bad news, you guys) of stereotype bias on a daily basis, but a new study suggests, all empirical-like, that academic scientists are, on average, biased against women in pretty much every way employers can be biased against… » 9/20/12 4:40pm 9/20/12 4:40pm

Shockingly, Academic Wives Get Short Shrift

Research into the blissful lives of the mind that married academic couples are surely leading has discovered that women are more likely to subvert the importance of their careers to their husbands' careers. Meanwhile, men in dual-career academic relationships were steadfastly self-aggrandizing. » 8/09/12 12:10pm 8/09/12 12:10pm

Oxford University Changes Academic Dress Code for Transgender Students

Oxford University has changed one of its stodgier traditions so that now it's less arbitrarily stodgy than it was before — students taking exams or attending formal events will no longer have to wear ceremonial academic clothing that is specific to their gender. Men can now wear skirts and stockings, and women will… » 7/29/12 1:00pm 7/29/12 1:00pm

The Literary Canon Is Still One Big Sausage Fest

Let's say you're at a cocktail party that you're not supposed to get wasted at and you're wasted. Totally wasted. So wasted, in fact, that you swear someone just introduced you to Toni Morrison and you, not knowing how else to react in the presence of so venerable a literary figure, said something like, "I had to read » 3/30/12 5:00pm 3/30/12 5:00pm

Female Philosophers Object To Sketchy Job-Interview Parties

At the nationwide philosophy conference where most new hires in the field are made, a cocktail party called "the smoker" is part of the hiring process. And some philosophers, especially women, would prefer that evaluation of job candidates take place in a less boozy environment. » 12/12/11 3:30pm 12/12/11 3:30pm

Philosophy Profs Propose "Shunning" Sexual Harassers

A group of philosophers say serial sexual harassers routinely advance and prosper in their field, and official university methods are ineffective at stopping them. Their solution: "informal shunning." » 3/30/11 6:20pm 3/30/11 6:20pm

The Incredible Hulk

Porto, Portugal, March 20: FC Porto's Givanildo 'Hulk' Souza, from Brazil, heads the ball past Academica's Nuno Coelho, left, in a Portuguese League soccer match at the Dragao Stadium. » 3/20/11 6:47pm 3/20/11 6:47pm

"You Caught The First Hot Jet Of My Ropey Elixir; It Will Intoxicate…

In some ways, living as an expat is still basically the stuff of one of those claustrophobic novels about stupid British people in colonial Kenya or whatever, or, like, The Sheltering Sky only maybe less trippy and with more bureaucracy. » 2/04/11 6:58pm 2/04/11 6:58pm

Duke History Department Hosts "Fuck List" Forum

History majors at Duke have been invited to participate in an "informal gathering" between students and faculty discussing "Historical Perspectives on Karen Owen's Sex List." Invite after the jump, plus explanation from a professor involved. » 10/29/10 3:25pm 10/29/10 3:25pm