Monday, July 12, 2010

Theorists Getting Jobs

I've been trying to think of something intelligent and biting to say about the appalling comments in response to Bill's post about what jobs theorists ended up with. I haven't come up with anything other than the need to point out that the shock and supposed horror about the lack of qualifications of someone who was privileged enough to get an excellent job this year was only present about a female candidate. And she had a two-body problem - oh the horror that a woman with a two-body problem would not have to sacrifice her career and might even be an excellent job candidate on her own! Whatever will happen next?!

Enough about that. No need to continue that lovely conversation here.

Instead, I'd like to point out that (among the bemoaning of the lack of jobs, which is totally true) there was very little discussion about those of us "stealth theorists" who are taking our theory and going practical. Yes, you can have your theory and eat too.

7 comments:

D. Eppstein said...

I'd like to imagine that anonymous commentary is a good thing, allowing those unsure of their own job situations to post honestly without fear of retribution. But all this blatant sexism and gratuitous badmouthing of others certainly isn't giving our community a good image.

David said...

Oh jeez, I hadn't read any of the comments over there, and now I'm just depressed.

Anonymous said...

Exactly my thoughts, Sorelle! I too had thought about posting a sarcastic comment about the sexism, and the supposed conclusion that it is easier to get a job if you are a woman. Finally I decided against dignifying that thread with a comment. I am glad you brought the issue of sexism up.
--A Female Computer Scientist

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, in the comments there is a strong defense of DM and her work. So its not one sided.

And there are other people that got a job that I (and others) think is too good for them. However, I had learned long time ago that if you do not have anything positive to say - shut up...

--S

Suresh said...

man, these people are nuts !

Anonymous said...

do you go around looking at threads where something about a male is questioned and comment on them or do you only comment when a woman is the subject? do you find it useful to overlook the comments where erik and lance and bill are attacked? do you think you could be biased against men?

bla said...

I wish those people who keep on looking for symmetry in discussions about sexism could just shut up once and for all. It usually sounds like a different viewpoint but is just so much beside the point..