I LOVE THIS. Every word. You NAILED it! Reblogging. Sharing. Wishing I had written it. THANK YOU! Will you be my friend, forever, please?
Best to you in intelligent sisterhood,
The recent allegations against several celebrities have led to a broader conversation on how we, as a society, don’t believe women. In a “he said, she said” situation, we trust the man and assume that the woman is either mistaken or lying. “Taking us seriously” means that we are advised of such and offered an explanation for our dismissal instead of simply being dismissed outright. It’s not only personal bias, conscious or not; there are institutional mechanisms perpetuating this state of affairs. No proof is ever sufficient if it comes from a woman. Should she present multiple affidavits, all signed and notarized in triplicate, she’ll be informed that they do not prove her claim; she, on the other hand, probably violated multiple rules and procedures by collecting and presenting her evidence in the first place. She should stop before she gets into more trouble.
Meanwhile, there’s a growing crop of…
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Thanks so much for re-blogging this post, Sally. Really worth reading. I’m spreading it around to a few academics I know who are out in the trenches.
I know! I immediately posted it EVERYWHERE! Izabella Laba is the professor’s name who wrote and posted this. Go thank her on her site: http://www.ilaba.wordpress.com
Best to you, Francis!