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Gender Equity in Philosophy Hiring

Tadeusz

122 day(s) ago

Okay now we can use this study http://dailynous.com/2017/06/16/new-study-gender-program- prestige-hiring-philosophers/

Kang

14 day(s) ago

There were 2,765 participants across 158 programs. All of our variables -- gender, area of specialization (in this case, divided into “Core, Western” and “Applied, Interdisciplinary, Non-Western”), and graduation year (2012-2016) -- were significant predictors of permanent academic placement. The log odds for women participants to have a permanent academic placement are .51 , p<0.001 when all other factors are held constant. This means that women participants were exp(0.51)=1.665 times as likely to have a permanent placement when these other factors are held constant. (page 31-2, APDA 2017 Final Report)

Motoori

13 day(s) ago

Not new but it bears repeating. I think it's slowly becoming acceptable to push back against this madness.

Ivan

13 day(s) ago

area of specialization (in this case, divided into “Core, Western” and “Applied, Interdisciplinary, Non-Western”), and graduation year (2012-2016

Kang

Why is 'interdisciplinary' grouped with 'applied' and 'non-western'? This sounds more like an attempt at constructing a political party than anything else.

Walter

13 day(s) ago

There's something deeply absurd about the way philosophy departments handle this. In the past, supposedly, sexism kept women down. So the senior male professors benefitted from sexism. Now, in an act of contrition, they punish young men who did nothing in order to favor less qualified women. They--the ones who benefited from sexism--lose nothing. It's absurd that anyone thinks this is morally defensible. If the older men benefited from sexism, they should be the ones who suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing.

Lon

13 day(s) ago

There's something deeply absurd about the way philosophy departments handle this. In the past, supposedly, sexism kept women down. So the senior male professors benefitted from sexism. Now, in an act of contrition, they punish young men who did nothing in order to favor less qualified women. They--the ones who benefited from sexism--lose nothing. It's absurd that anyone thinks this is morally defensible. If the older men benefited from sexism, they should be the ones who suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing.

Walter

They will at the white throne judgment unless they repent. Most of them won't, however, because in their arrogance they think such things are foolishness. That's why their lives have left nothing but a trail of devastation. Pure lust without any concern for anyone else or the consequences

Philo

13 day(s) ago

There's something deeply absurd about the way philosophy departments handle this. In the past, supposedly, sexism kept women down. So the senior male professors benefitted from sexism. Now, in an act of contrition, they punish young men who did nothing in order to favor less qualified women. They--the ones who benefited from sexism--lose nothing. It's absurd that anyone thinks this is morally defensible. If the older men benefited from sexism, they should be the ones who suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing.

Walter

John Hasnas made just this argument back in the early 90s: http://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5486&context=lalrev

Alvin

12 day(s) ago

There's something deeply absurd about the way philosophy departments handle this. In the past, supposedly, sexism kept women down. So the senior male professors benefitted from sexism. Now, in an act of contrition, they punish young men who did nothing in order to favor less qualified women. They--the ones who benefited from sexism--lose nothing. It's absurd that anyone thinks this is morally defensible. If the older men benefited from sexism, they should be the ones who suffer the consequences of their wrongdoing.

Walter

The obvious solution: reinstate mandatory retirement, but only for men. (I'm only half-joking. Many old philosophy professors benefited from mandatory retirement policies when they were applicants. It's only fair that they retire now at a normal age.)

fl.

12 day(s) ago

My college has now made implicit bias training mandatory for all search committee members. There's nothing like having to listen to some admin misrepresent and extrapolate from some controversial empirical literature.

Josip

12 day(s) ago

My college has now made implicit bias training mandatory for all search committee members. There's nothing like having to listen to some admin misrepresent and extrapolate from some controversial empirical literature.

fl.

If you have tenure, have some fun with this. Ask questions that probe the empirical basis for implicit bias, and see what happens.

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