Good discussion at The Philosopher Smoker about conducting interviews in hotel bedrooms/suites and sexism:
Over at Leiter, there’s been some interesting discussion about interviewing in bedrooms. Robert Allen says,
I should have thought that we philosophers were a little more relaxed in our dealings with each other than to fuss over interview settings (or even “stares and worse,” i.e., boys being boys). Whatever happened to being of good cheer and leaving the professionalism to the attorneys and politicians?
It has been my experience that “boys will be boys” is shorthand for “men are assholes, and you should put up with it, because they’re men and they like having fun at your expense.” This is one of the things I hate about being a man.
And I hate this “good cheer” argument more than anything. Why does everyone else have to have good cheer in the face of what an asshole you are? What happened to “good cheer yourself, and don’t be an asshole”? You can start by conducting your interviews sitting up, with shoes on like a civilized person, and not in a room dedicated to sleeping and/or fucking.
There’s much to agree with here. By the way, why is it every time I turn around somebody is complaining about Brian Leiter? Just saying. Read the rest if the post and ensuing discussion over here