By the very nature of our jobs, we Jezebel writers receive a significant amount of hate mail. Usually, these emails are easy to dismiss or laugh off, but occasionally you get one that’s so thoughtfully critical that it actually makes you stop and reconsider your life choices. This is one of those emails.
People say silly things if you tell them you're a philosopher. ("Tell me some of your sayings!”) People say particularly dumb things if you tell them you're a lady philosopher. People don't say anything to you if you're a philosopher who also happens to be a woman of color, because they think you don't exist.
Ever wish your college course websites looked more like lad mags? No? Well, philosophy prof Vincent Hendricks apparently did, because he posed for pics with ladies in sexy schoolgirl outfits — and then splashed them all over the site for his spring logic class.
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.
If there's one news story that it seems like we'll be able to rely on until the end of time, it's that of the "evangelical Christian/religious conservative who is secretly gay." Just a few quick examples, off the top of the internet's head:
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."
Yo, I'm sorry, but people of the internet, stop instant messaging me about my job and go read Drudge!. There are ALIENS out there, and world governments have systematically been covering it up for sixty years, and it is no longer just Dennis Kucinich and Jimmy Carter saying this but A GUY WHO WALKED ON THE MOON who…
The economic crisis is driving college students like the stud in the picture to seek degrees in philosophy. "That whole deep existential torment...It's good for getting girlfriends." Hey, how come my existential torment never got me laid? And philosophy, why no chicks in that field? (Wait, I bet the fact that I am…