Morning, all! How’s everyone doing? I hope your weekend is going well!

I’m having some of my favorite tea right now, made by GT’s own IvyLeaf (it’s so good, Ivy!). I was at a conference this weekend and got back with a sore throat so hopefully this helps.

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The last session I attended at the conference was run by a guy who seemed really sweet but I left annoyed. It was all about teaching with empathy (which, ok, yes, yay) but all it did was cement the fact that men get such a pass in life.

The presenter talked about making sure you connected with your students on a personal level, ask them questions about themselves, physically making yourself lower or smaller so as not intimidate them, etc. And I was like, Well, duh, of course I do this stuff already, instinctively.

But it occurred to me that it was a revelation to him and the male instructors in the room. And that’s because they can teach however the hell they want and still get respect, appropriate behavior, etc. from their students. Whereas, for women, we have to walk a fine line between being too authoritarian (she’s a bitch) and being too empathetic (she’s easy/a pushover/you can get away with whatever in her class).

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So, basically, this guy tried on “teaching while female” and thought it was so important he had to present about it (to a room of mostly women instructors, I might add). And he probably did get all kinds of kudos for it while the woman who was likely teaching in the room next to his was doing the same thing and getting reamed for it on her evals. Fucking sigh.

Anyway, sorry, that’s just on my mind.

How about we talk books?

  • What book did you most recently finish?
  • What are you reading now?
  • What’s next on your “to read” list?
  • Do you have/need any book recs?

Has everyone gotten and/or started We Have Always Lived in the Castle yet?!

ETA: Sorry for the grumbling! Great things happened this weekend, too, like good sessions at the conference, meeting up with some GT folks IRL (Heeeeey, Edie!!), and coming home to Homey who’d gotten me flowers and a fancy dark chocolate bar to welcome me home. :)