Monday, June 22, 2009

That old double standard

Just a little more chat about how identical behavior is found acceptable in men and offensive in women, documented this time in Judge Sotomayor:
  • Somehow it's everyday for a male judge to refer to his own experience in making a judgement, but the idea that a woman might do the same (let alone, that her experience might have led her to a different conclusion) is biased, biased, help and run away!

  • Identical questioning of lawyers appearing before them lead to charges that the female judge is a meanie (while her male colleagues are, I guess, tough but fair). A professor friend of mine ran into almost this exact dichotomy when her tenure case came up -- students expect female professors to be all nurturing and warm, so if they're demanding and intellectually rigorous, they're seen as terrible people. (terrible!)

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