I missed the original post, but in summary: male archaeologist makes sexist comments, does not realize is sexist, has conversation with female colleagues and comes to recognize own male bias.
A heartening read that I would recommended. Ashley is incredibly articulate here.
Here’s the thing - nobody knows what they’re doing.
Nobody graduated and was handed the job of their dreams. Most of the time, people have no clue what they’re supposed to do after they get their bachelors. In some cases a person may legitimately have an idea of where they’re going, so they continue to pursue the educational route which they believe will get them there, e.g. graduate school or a PhD program. But often times, these programs just buy time for those who can afford to take the risk (and student loans) because they feel like, along the way, they will figure ‘it’ out. I know people on both sides of that coin.
I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I graduated with my BFA. My professors did not want to write me letters of recommendation to a MA program with my art degree because they knew I wasn’t going into it for any other reason besides my fear to confront reality (and I am grateful to them for telling me as much). I took time to figure out what I enjoyed doing, and that was volunteering in the museum, even if I didn’t think it was going to get me anywhere in the end. I did it because I enjoyed it. Eventually, people began to take interest in my efforts. I had a clearer idea of what I wanted to do, and graduate school made more sense. I didn’t just see my MA program as a way to stall before having to get a real job - I saw where I could make true and valid contributions to the field of museum studies, and recognized I may have to get a degree to assist me in getting a museum job later on.
If you’re shifting every day, you don’t know what you want to do, and that’s okay. Do not pressure yourself into figuring that out today, or tomorrow, or even next week. Let it settle. Volunteer in a museum before you consider taking a plunge into that unknown. Pursue your hobbies and interests. Take time to figure out what makes you happy. Once you cancel out all of the noise caused by the stress of having to make a decision right now, discovering what you want to do with your life becomes much clearer.
Spent the last 10 minutes perusing The Brain Scoop tumblr and came upon this. We’re kind of the same person.
Also, great advice!
"Many of the folks who write her, write not about the science, but about her body, her looks, her clothes, and do so without any apparent embarrassment. She’s a science reporter who happens to be a young woman, and her woman-ness is the thing they focus on. The science, to her chagrin, often takes second place.
In her new video, Emily (with help from director and video editor Michael Aranda) gives us samples from her mailbox, She’s not mad, not exactly. Instead, she just explains why these matter-of-fact little letter bombs make it harder for her to work, and how they hurt — every single day. And, being Emily, she explains it very well.”
On the bright side, she’s gained a new follower in me! I love the Field Museum.
Ruth Tringham, “Engendered Places in Prehistory,” 183.
Lest we forget.
Guys, there’s another archaeology related wine…
This isn’t really helping the rumors about archaeologists being alcoholics, is it…
This is NOT helping
Well if I could get this in Atlantic Canada my Christmas shopping for two out of three coworkers would be done instantly…