Women in Philosophy

This post isn’t really about what to do, but rather who is doing it…

27% of Philosophy Ph.D.s are awarded to women.
18% of faculty at top philosophy programs are women.

Compare that to 41% of humanities faculty being women at those same institutions —

Granted, part of that is the simple fact that women are significantly underrepresented in grad school — but, that’s part of the problem and not one of the explanations of the statistics above.

Grad school admissions are different than undergraduate admissions.  Generally, getting admitted to grad school is more like getting a job than being admitted to a program.  That’s because grad school spots usually come with “funding”, they pay you a very small salary and you don’t pay tuition.  So, getting one of these spots is competitive and subjective.  Philosophers tend to admit folks like themselves, or folks who are recommended by folks like themselves.

The catch is, “themselves” are generally white dudes. So, the white dudes at the undergraduate level form bonds with students like themselves, write glowing recommendations to their pals on graduate committees and the cycle perpetuates.

I started grad school in the 90s (yea, forever ago) — when I started, and for the whole time I took graduate philosophy classes, there was not ONE female graduate faculty member.  There were very few female grad students and I only know of one other who finished her degree…

That’s horrific — and I know some of the reasons why it happened.

For example, when I started grad school my first meeting was with the graduate advisor.  He asked me if I was married and then if my husband realized that I may not be home to cook dinner?  Seriously… I’m not making that shit up — After that meeting he rarely answered e-mails and never kept another appointment with me. 


Noooooooooo TeeeeeeeeVeeeeeeeee Party Tooooooooonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are embarking on a wonderful trip to Colorado in four days. I’m excited. After a sixteen hour cruise mostly across Nebraska we will arrive at second cousin Cathy’s in Denver. We are going to allow our lungs to spend a day catching up, grocery shopping and hopefully finding some interesting pictures to take.

For Cathy’s generous accommodation, I will be making a meal and maybe, just maybe Padawan will flex her new culinary muscle and make a pie.  I have also agreed to show Cathy what I know about taking pictures with her new DSLR which is not much, but I’ll try.

Monday morning we take off for Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.   All bet’s are off though if the wing-nuts shut the government down and the park is closed. There will be some serious GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR on my part if that happens.

I’m excited for taking all kinds of pictures……….moon, star trails, wildlife and  of course mountains.

Leftyconcarne are participating in a bexperiment.      No TV, No News for a full week.

The Rules:


No Radio

No Movies

No web with news.

Having said that, should we encounter a television, or radio show we are not going to run screaming and dive into a foxhole, but we will make every reasonable effort to avoid tv and news. And of course, each day we will blog about our progress. Personally I think I need to keep my eye on Patty for cheating.

So what instead………….EVERYTHING instead.

I have gone  to pawn shops, friends houses and  different libraries in an attempt to stuff the fipod (fat Ipod).    So far we could go eight days without hearing the same song.    But I still have four days to beef it up.    We have the dead……….classic rock……….world beat……….bluegrass………..folk and the entire 80’s covered.

Goes without saying Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country………..Ill probably do a lot of sitting and appreciating.

I’m cooking…………

I’m even going to bring a book without so many pictures……………….turns out I can read after all.  Perhaps Hope on a Rope by Cornel West.     I seem to enjoy his perspective. It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything for pleasure without Hobbits.

So if your a devoted LCC, things could get interesting  on the old blog,  we look forward to sharing our experiences with you!!!!!!!!




Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love my family — I enjoy spending time with them, I think who I am is due to their subtle and not so subtle influence (try being a Ross grandchild who decides to leave college… the opinions aren’t so subtly presented..trust me).  I know they love and support me, even when it’s been a long time between actually seeing one another.

Some recent (non-blogable) events have made me  really value my Framily — my friends who are like family… and, in particular, a whole family I’ve become close to.

My “real” family has to accept me, for the most part.  If I were an active drug-using hooker they may tell me not to come to family parties — but, short of that I’m part of the package of extended family… and they can’t easily get rid of me.

My framily had a choice, they could take me or leave me.  They could tell me to go away for any reason.  That they didn’t, and that they welcome me into their homes and lives is something for which I am quite grateful.  I made a choice to get close to them and I’m all the richer for it.  It seems to me that we’re all better when more folks care and worry about us — and my framily has added to my life in a significant way.

If the world collapsed around me, most of my family would be across the country.  It would take time for them to get here and help me put things back together.  If something horrible happened, my framily would be my first call — I know they’d love, comfort, support and feed me (there’s always food with the framily).  I know they’d give hugs, good advice and support in any way they could.

So, here’s to framily —

Religious Nuts and Talicats…

Sometimes Mother Jones just gets it right!

Some things are just too purrfect for words…

Really, I live with a couple of LOLcats… and I’m sure it’s better than living with either of the other groups…

Are they really the TaliCat?



Another thought…..

Our unions here are generally only fighting for us to have rights similar to those in other “civilized” countries.

What goes hand in hand with Scott Walker’s motivation is the idea that major corporations are no longer happy to profit, they have to gouge.

Remember on 9/11/2001 when the Mills Fleet Farm raised gas prices to over $10.00 a gallon shortly after the bombings? It was seen as Un American and generally chicken shit. But this is exactly what corporations do to us every day.

A friend of mine has a sister who works for Walgreen’s and she smuggled out a price sheet that had “cost” on it. The price for almost every medication was pennies. The average prescription has gone up 20 times in just five years.

As long as we continue to believe that success for corporations will trickle down to the average person, the average person will continue to have no chance what so ever of living what our parents called the American Dream.

An argument for public unions…



Andy had something to say about Scott Walker trying to bust the union in Wisconsin..


As someone who has been in a BNstate union for eight years, I have some thoughts on unions…


I should begin by saying that most of my closest friends are in unions — my union.  We have a statewide contract for two-year schools — and it’s a pretty decent contract, for now.  Thank goodness MN had the sense to elect a Democrat as Governor… Our budget crisis will suck-ass, but I don’t think he’s about to go busting our unions.


I also think that my own union leadership is off track, mostly because they don’t seem to be at all concerned with the inequities they negotiated me and my cohort into.  You see, if you were hired at BNCC this year, with exactly my level of experience elsewhere, you’d make more money than me.  You’d also get your FIRST sabbatical at 90% pay.  The union leadership has all of that themselves, because they’ve been around forever… but those of us in the middle aren’t their concern.. We’re just stuck in the salary inequity do-nut hole and they don’t want to look down there… because my cohort is pissed.


Even considering all of that, I’m glad for my union.  A union contract is (usually) a clear agreement between faculty and administration.  It outlines what’s expected of us, how much we should be paid for most extra duties and how to formally resolve problems.  It covers my pregnant faculty friends so they can have children even if they don’t have tenure.


The thing I like the most about my union is that the contract requires colleges to have no more than 25% of courses / faculty (that’s ambiguous) in non-permanent positions.  While the rest of the country has students being taught by adjuncts, our students are being taught by full-time employees.


The other thing I really appreciate (more a few years ago than now… but still), an adjunct teaching at least 6 credits is on the same salary and benefit scale as I am, as a tenured faculty member.  So, it costs the college the same to have me or an adjunct teach a section.  If the adjunct teaches the same 5 classes as I do, they get the same (or more… sigh) pay than I do.


Due to my breast cancer diagnosis, I really appreciate the good health care benefits.  I’ve paid only $1,100 out of pocket every year since my GP first felt the lump.  Since then I’ve had four surgeries, many (expensive) PET scans, chemo that cost $2,000 to $4,000 PER SESSION.


I’m not so sure I’m for unions in every workplace.  It’s kind of silly in many industries, where there are (or were) plenty of alternatives for workers.  If McD’s isn’t treating you well, you can go work for Burger King – it just isn’t the case for community college faculty, police, firefighters or many other state workers.  Without the threat that other companies will steal your most productive workers, companies (or the state) will pay the minimum amount necessary to keep people from moving out of the area to do their jobs.


Also, I’d like to cry BS on the claims that state workers are so highly paid — the thing is, during the boom times folks in many industries were making a shit-ton of money.  An uneducated auto worker was making 2-3 times what I make as a Ph.D.  Computer technicians, investment bakers and lawyers with less education (yea, yea a JD is a terminal degree, but a JD doesn’t write a frickin book to graduate) made a lot more money than I do.


State workers traded financial gain for security.  We were told that state jobs were stable, had decent benefits and retirement so working for the state meant that you’d always have a job — even if that job was lower paid than in private sector.  This same argument was made to federal employees and the military.  Now, when the economy crashes and the high-rollers are broke, our jobs look pretty good and states like Wisconsin want to go back on their side of the deal.


I’ll tell  you what, give me a time machine — I’ll go back to 1991, take one of their jobs and sock the money away — and they can teach a 5/5 load (about 500 students a year), do extra crap, read papers by students who can’t read or write and sit through administration’s sillyness — but, don’t look for me here, I’ll be at the People’s Coffee Shop


I should have gone to bed!!!!!!!!!!!

I would like to apologize to everyone except Scott Walker for my language.

I just cant believe the condition of my country. I was about to make myself some popcorn and head down to watch a movie when I caught Rand Paul on the Letterman show.

Letterman didn’t believe his bullshit and neither do I. Paul would love to talk all day about the public sector vs. the private sector, but you notice he doesn’t talk about people. And people are hurting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clearly being such a good patriot as Paul, the private sector should get all the breaks and government (public) should get cut severely. Public sector like firefighters, driver exam people and teachers. The breaks should go to drug companies, the insurance industry and Wall St.

I have plenty of sort of middle class, right wing, hunty fishy kind of pals and I respect them for their beliefs and feelings.    But to all of you………………YOU ARE GETTING SCREWED BY THE VERY PEOPLE YOU VOTE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Retirement will not be there for you, your kids will not get a good education, your hard work will not pay off. Even though I am liberal we are all getting screwed by the same greedy jackasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Tea Party are no better……………..my party can’t manage to even pee straight up in the air.

SCOTT WALKER IS A SNEAK AND A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He lacks the balls to admit he wants to abolish unions.   He is too ignorant to participate in government honestly and effectively.