Friday, November 18, 2005

Professor Doubtfire?

I've often asked myself, Wouldn't it be easier if the University of Minnesota published a guide to women faculty members so that I wouldn't have to spend hours sifting through directories in search of scholarly female opinion?

As luck would have it, I received in the mail today just that from the U of M's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, a "Women, Law, and Public Policy Faculty and Staff Directory." As their cover letter explains, "We know how frustrating it can be to find us at times, as we are dispersed throughout the University.... After years of steady, incremental progress, recent studies show that women's voices in the media have become even more scarce in the last two years."

Now there's no denying these women are experts in their field. But there's one woman whose voice I'd be particularly interested in hearing. She can be found on page 12 of the directory. She goes by the name of Jeffrey L. Edleson, Professor of Social Work. It is unfortunate Ms. Edleson has a slight facial hair problem, as seen in her photo. But I give her much credit for not succumbing to social pressures and waxing it off. Good for her!


Steven Den Beste said...

Hey, sexual identity is culturally situated and an individual choice. Who the heck are you to declare that person a "man"? Fascist!

(Is "situated" the right term? I can't remember.)

Steven Den Beste said...

I remember now! Sexual identity is "socially constructed"! That was what it was!

And you're still a fascist! (heh)

enuff said...

too funny...