by Alicia Izharuddin // 4 September 2011, 20:09
from this post at The F-Word
Once upon a time, the hallowed halls of academia were only opened to men. Within, men consumed and produced scholarship about other men. The presence of women in university was thought to contaminate, ridicule, and degrade the sacred pursuit of learning. Learning was even thought to be bad for women, making them infertile among other things. When the doors were finally burst open to women, there was no turning back; women were everywhere, accomplishing in male-dominated disciplines, outnumbering and out-performing the male of the species, and dominating the humanities and social sciences. Then came the rise of Gender Studies that served to redress the historical silencing of queer and female voices, and administer a small dose of balance into the male-centred world of learning. So far, so good for woman-kind.
As we approch the middle of Semester 2, and many people are starting to have assessments (not to mention election tasks, job dramas, family issues, partner problems, and all the other ‘real life’ stuff) piling up, let’s make sure we don’t get down on ourselves and keep positive about getting through it all.
The Crunk Feminist Collective have posted a list of academic survival tips that couldn’t be more timely, and whether you are undegrad or postgrad, hopefully they will strike a chord for a lot of us. Reposted with permission below:
- Be confident in your abilities.
- If you feel like a fraud, you very likely are suffering from impostor syndrome, a chronic feeling of intellectual or personal inadequacy born of grandiose expectations about what it means to be competent. Women in particular suffer with this issue, but I argue that it is worse for women-of-color (particularly Blacks and Latinas) who labor under stereotypes of both racial and gender incompetence. The academy itself also creates grandiose expectations, given the general perception of academicians as hypercompetent people. Secret: Everybody that’s actin like they know, doesn’t really know. So ask your question. It’s probably not as stupid as you think. Now say this with me: “I’m smart enough, my work is important, and damn it, I’m gonna make it.”
Farrago has a feature titled ‘Universities in trans-it’:
“Some things are not easily defined.
The word transgender, for example, can refer to people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, or to people whose identities may combine or move between traditional notions of male and female…”
Read the full feature at http://union.unimelb.edu.au/farrago/features/universities-in-trans-it and post any comments you have.