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

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 prospective … » 9/20/12 4:40pm 9/20/12 4:40pm

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

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

"Americans Assiduously Avoid Anything That Might Smack Of Harassment:" A …

Historian Tony Judt is battling ALS and crusading for "renewed social democracy." He also thinks sexual harassment policies have ruined not only people's fun, but the whole of modern liberalism. » 3/12/10 1:30pm 3/12/10 1:30pm