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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “February 2, 2018”

The Firefox Hate Club

What’s really sad is noticing an old, abandoned Firefox icon on one of the school computers. I remember how impressed I was with Firefox when I first discovered its existence, how great it was, how liberating. And now it’s completely dead. It’s sad because it didn’t have to happen.

Mike is right. Fuck Firefox and Mozilla.

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Serotonin Necklace

And just one more hilarious link. Have you heard about serotonin necklaces? If not, you are totally missing out.

Let Them Eat Each Other

Kenyon professor calls off original play about cultural insensitivity amid criticism that it’s culturally insensitive.

A bunch of bored, spoiled fools has turned on each other. I almost went to work for that place and I couldn’t be happier than I didn’t.

100%

In the Spanish-language courses, 100% of students responded that the best thing about the courses was that I only spoke Spanish in class. I’m so so happy that they get it.

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Mommy’s Phone

There is nothing more precious to a small child than mommy’s love and attention. It’s a simple survival mechanism. If mommy is looking at me, she’ll notice what I need and will provide it.

When a child sees that mommy’s gaze is persistently directed towards an object (eg a phone, a tablet, etc), the child begins to see that object as invested with mommy’s love. Mommy is holding it and / or looking at it, so if I hold it and / or look at it, I will finally hold mommy’s love. And so not being able to hold it / look at it creates extreme anxiety.

And this effect is present when you don’t even look at the phone or turn it on. There are people (and I’m one of them) who just like to hold it without turning it on. And so that’s a really bad idea, too, because the child still learns to think that this is something that is so important to mommy that she can’t let go of it. The child begins to feel desperate to take it away, to hold it, to connect with it as a way of connecting with Mommy.

I have already learned not to open the phone in front of Klara. Now I need to learn not to hold it in my hand.

Negotiating

There is this pernicious idea floating around that young academics who are looking for their first job need to negotiate to improve on the contract they are offered. It’s so ridiculous because, unlike many other industries, academia – in the Humanities especially – is not a job-seeker’s market. It’s the hirer’s market to an absolutely ridiculous degree. It’s delusional to pretend that it isn’t so. You can’t act is if there weren’t 300 people fighting for every position.

Child As a Mirror

I feel so sad for this poor kid. He can’t possibly care about this kind of stuff but he has to fake it to please his idiot parents. Yes, of course, there are worse things that can happen to a kid. But this is never an isolated thing. It’s always a symptom that a child serves as a mirror to his parents. They don’t see him as a separate human being.

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