Glencora Borradaile






         Associate Professor & College of Engineering Dean's Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University

March 15, 2012

The is-my-comment-appropriate? test

Filed under: Silent Glen Speaks @ 10:12 pm
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Take your comment and change any gendered words from male to female and ask yourself “Would I say this to or about a man in the same situation?”

For example:

  • “This office is a lot prettier than when I was here” [to a male graduate student, while thumbing the female grad student hard at work] doesn’t change,¬†and your answer would likely be no.
  • “Little girl, you will have to work a lot harder to keep up with the men!” [to a student in the first tutorial of first year physics] becomes “Little boy, you will have to work a lot harder to keep up with the women!”, and your answer would likely be no.
  • “Be careful, you wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a secretary.” [to a female postdoc as she consults a dictionary to settle a disagreement] doesn’t change and your answer would likely be no.
  • “You should be at home, raising children. That is what women are good at.” [to a female professor in her own office] becomes “You should be at home, raising children. That is what men are good at.”, and your answer would likely be no.
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5 Comments

  1.   Suresh — March 16, 2012 @ 2:28 am    

    You’ve heard the first two being said ? I continue to be amazed at the unmitigated gall people can have and the kind of crap they can dish out without thinking.

    •   Glencora Borradaile — March 16, 2012 @ 2:44 am    

      Oh yes. Those are a sampling from my own life covering undergrad, grad, postdoc and present.

  2.   aram — March 17, 2012 @ 7:44 am    

    This principle works for laws too.
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/03/15/148695307/in-protest-democrats-zero-in-on-mens-reproductive-health?print=1

    •   Glencora Borradaile — March 17, 2012 @ 8:12 pm    

      That is excellent.

  3.   Beatrice — September 27, 2012 @ 11:49 pm    

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