It’d be ridiculous not to sympathise with women in academia using credentials as an antidote to mansplaining. Like, your input isn’t taken seriously because you’re a woman, well, here’s an objectively verifiable thing that says that actually your input should be taken more seriously than some rando’s. It’s very useful as a tactic.

However, I wish the message was less “shut up and listen, cause I have an advanced degree” cause I think that’s upholding a hierarchy of a different kind, and one that is also to some degree shitty.

And it’s really not the case that people who don’t have advanced degrees in my subject should just shut up and listen to me. Maybe there is also a difference between more body-of-knowledge heavy fields like the humanities and less body-of-knowledge heavy fields like physics. But to be honest, even physics is pretty body-of-knowledge heavy so I dunno. 

what do you mean by body of knowledge heavy? cause physics seems really body of knowledge to me

Physics is much harder if you don’t know any of the things people learned before you, but you can re-derive the entire field from nothing in a cave if you’re comic-book super smart.

English Literature Criciticism is impossible if you don’t know any of the things people wrote before you. You can’t be smart enough to know what an author wrote 200 years ago.

EDIT: Or phrased differently – if we ever meet any aliens out there, it’ll be interesting to find out if their history of physics mirrors our own, or if they did things in a different order. It will be God damn miraculous if their history of literature mirrors our own.

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