Monday, October 06, 2008

Name Recognition

I worked at Former University (FU) for, let's see, almost 8 years. In that time, I spent 7.99 years without receiving a name tag designation on my cubicle, despite asking about the possibility on multiple occasions. In the final month of my tenure at FU, my cubicle and I were finally granted the recognition we deserved and that I (and the delivery man) always hoped for.

I have now worked at New University (NU) for 3 days. I noticed, of course, that my cubicle (!yes I am a postdoc in a cubicle!) did not yet have my name. But I was nonplussed. When my mentor came today to get me for a meeting, he asked after it and apologized. I expect it will arrive within the week.

I love NU!

And hell yes, I took my name plate with me when I left FU.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008


Well, I am now back in the States and am officially a post-doc at New University. I have lots of thoughts and observations to share about this but I am also just a little bit busy and overwhelmed with thoughts and obligations and reflections about my move, my new job, my recent international travel, The Spider Bite, and so on. I need to think and process a lot and hopefully will post some laterz this week, espeically some thoughts about the transition from student to pseudo-not-student/postdoc, what it's like to finally work in a Collegial Environment, and some thoughts about how I am to go about Identifying My Research Agenda.

Meanwhile, I am trying to catch up with the blogosphere and noticed that Maude PhD has been preoccuped with quizziness and the implications of Radical Classist Revolution and inspired me to take a feminism quiz, with possibly suprising results below. I'll have to mull this over.

Your result for The Feminism Test...


You scored 83% Gender-Abolitionist, 100% Sexually Liberal, and 40 % Socialist

You are the Gender-Liberal. This means that you share qualities with both Liberal Feminists and Gender Abolitionists. Like the Liberal Feminist, you feel political change needs to be done on a small-scale level through legislative change, not necessarily through a massive destruction of class society through the adoption of an extremist socialist stance. You are also very concerned with sexual liberation, and feel that women should be free to do what they please sexually without criticism, just as men should be free to do. However, you differ from the Liberal Feminist culturally, because you see gender as a social construction that needs to be destroyed. Like the Gender Abolitionist, you realize that gender is often perceived as one's identity, when it should only be perceived as a small, insignificant part of that person. We shouldn't be able to say "This person IS a woman". Rather one should say something more akin to "This person HAS the physical traits of a woman". This way, we wouldn't be assuming someone's physical traits are a part of their identity, and we couldn't use this difference to oppress them or categorize them. In short, you advocate extreme cultural change through the destruction of gender roles, but politically you are less extreme, instead focusing on individual or legislative change as opposed to a massive change of ideology.

The other feminist types:

The Housewife

The Marxist

The Liberal

The Liberal Extremist

The Gender Abolitionist

The Radical

The Gender-Liberal

The Revisionist

Take The Feminism Test at HelloQuizzy

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