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Thanks for the links. I'd just add that the ASA letter is quite different in tone than that of the APA. I'll let readers determine for themselves the most salient differences. As for the Women in Astronomy blog, the biggest difference there is the posts are not anonymous. People have attached their names to them, and they cover a wide range of topics related to the field. This is in sharp contrast to the Phil WIL blog.
Anon 3 and Philosophet: The first paragraph of the post is not in reference to any comments made on this blog. The comments I'm referencing were made on other blogs and Twitter. My description of them is accurate and fair. I'm sure you could easily find the Twitter comments, if you're inclined to verify.
You seem to have a misunderstanding of exactly what role professional organizations play, and more specifically that of the APA. Here is the APA Mission Statement (which was quoted in my blog post, which I'm not sure you actually read): “The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.” And, just to clarify, I don't reference you in the post, nor did I have you in mind when I wrote it.
I'm just surprised no one pointed out the typos.
I’ll close comments now as I think the post has run its course. I do want to take a few moments to thank all of you who joined in the spirit of the post and added women or resources to the list. I was excited to see names and resources with which I was unfamiliar. I also want to thank those of you who felt compelled to defend me. Don’t fret over how the negative comments may have affected me (they didn’t), and I’ll continue to happily guest blog here until the end of the week. And, finally, this may be of some interest: in the sixteen years I’ve been orbiting the profession (see my earlier Leiter post) first as a graduate student and later as a spouse, I’ve never been told by any philosopher that I have no right to speak about philosophical issues or the profession--until I was told just that by a (female) philosopher here on this blog. I’d also like to point out for those who think a woman who isn’t a philosopher has no right to speak on certain issues about the profession, that the current director of the APA, Amy Ferrer, is a woman without a degree in philosophy.
Philosophet, there are other things in the discipline to talk about than McGinn and the lawsuit. I'm particularly interested in how the discipline is reaching girls and women BEFORE they get to university. I'm not sure a 14 year old girl interested in philosophy would be able to wade through the links I posted to find something that would be relevant to her interest. But, perhaps you have no interest in reaching girls early on. And, incidentally, one way you change the culture is to provide a place for young women to learn about the discipline that allows them to see themselves as philosophers.
Paul, my post does not suggest that women are underrepresented in philosophy because those issues have come to light. What it does claim is that more attention (publicly) is being paid to taking philosophers to task for bad behavior than actively and publicly recruiting young girls (think high school) and women (college students) to the profession. Yes, apparently some resources exist, but someone with general interest may not be able to easily find those resources. Why is that? Is that good for the discipline? As for your assertion that I'm identifying with the perspective of people guilty of misconduct that's a complete non sequitur. Imagine this exchange… Me: Every time I go to the grocery store I only find apples. I'd really like to be able to find bananas without having to rummage around in the storeroom. You: Why do you hate apples? Me: I don’t hate apples, but I can’t use them to make banana pudding. You: But you can make apple pie with apples, and that ‘s far more important that being able to make banana pudding. Me: Apple pie is fine, but what I really want today is banana pudding. You: If you don’t want apple pie, then you hate apples and prefer bananas. Me: OMFG. I don’t hate apples. (Read: I don't support harassers).
To clarify, while I'm not a woman who does philosophy, I did spend time as a graduate student taking philosophy seminars. I'm also married to a philosopher, and my daughter is pursuing a degree in philosophy. The point of the post was to provide perspective on how the discipline may appear to those unfamiliar with the world of professional philosophy--namely young women, like my daughter, who are interested in the discipline. I hope you'll comment again with a list of women in philosophy that might be intellectually empowering and inspirational to young women.
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