Lots of small efforts

June 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

I think many of us who care about constructive solutions to What It’s Like hesitate to write in here because we’re busy groaning to ourselves, “I don’t do enough!”

SO I shall try to reverse that trend by offering my wee efforts.  Maybe philosophers will see many small efforts as powerful in the aggregate!

This past year:
— I offered myself to the new Mentoring program (and I know I’m not alone).
— I have started doing more external reviewship of articles and books, so that a perspective both female and feminist is brought to bear on upcoming philosophical works.
— I determinedly drew attention to gender issues in an article that it would’ve been easier to publish without doing so.
— Silly as this last sounds, I occasionally weigh in on blogs like the Leiter Report, because I’m overly prone to shrink from the light, you know?  And shrinking is not what women need from me in philosophy.
— I agreed to take part in some organization of conferences which provide platforms for women’s work in philosophy.

Cool, this list turned out a little longer than I expected!

Kate Norlock


§ 2 Responses to Lots of small efforts

  • a shrinker says:

    I really appreciate it when I see a feminine first name in the comments on the Leiter Report. It makes me feel stupid when there is an all male line-up (even though this is clearly stupid)–so please don’t think it’s silly that you take your time to do this!

  • Kate says:

    Geez, thanks, shrinker. I love to help others diminish their feelings of stupidity, seriously, it’s the best part of teaching. If blog participation does that a wee bit, then I’ll keep chipping in!

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