Bad choice, Judith

As you all know, the world of economics is very dog-eat-dog, hyper-competitive and highly contested.  (Actually, I think I like these features.)

Maybe I should have realised all those years ago that there were other options, easier options, for me.

Consider this email from someone who is:

Gender Researcher for the Center for Excellence on Gender in the Himalayas.

Now I could do that.

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21 Responses to Bad choice, Judith

  1. Token

    Himalayas – so the person gets to see the “excellence” of Pakistan and a number of the other “stans”. We know how the reports on those places turn out…

  2. JakartaJaap

    I spent some time in Nepal not long after the Palace slaughter and I think little research into gender is needed there. Anyone inside the bar is a man. Unless it’s a female tourist. Research complete.

  3. Greigoz

    Judith, pfft – if they were serious, they’d start by doing away with the ‘Him’ in Himalayas!

    x

  4. Please take it up, Judith, you’d be wonderful!
    Particularly if it meant you became too busy to post here…..

  5. outsider

    Tibetan women are magnificent, very lively indeed; and Lhasa is very livable these days, more modern than Australia – the Chinese are developing the place at warp speed: health services, roads, railways, airports, electricity, gas connections, mobile coverage is everywhere – I’ll sign up.

    All the high altitude areas are culturally Tibetan Buddhist: in Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet TAR, Ladakh. The Great Himalayan Range (GHR) ends at the western end with the eight thousander Nanga Parbat, and rightly the range inside Pak is called the Karakoram. Most anthropological research is carried out in Nepal and Ladakh, which are very female friendly.

  6. Balatro

    Thanks numbers. as usual always something positive to add. What a ray of sunshine you must be to those around you.
    There is no fear of you being considered for the job. Your excellence amounts to bugger all.

  7. James In Footscray

    Studying foundational discourses and social constructions is no walk in the park Judith.

  8. Eddystone

    Maybe I should have realised all those years ago that there were other options, easier options, for me.

    Yes, but the path of least resistance takes one inexorably downwards towards the swamp of despair!

  9. Gab

    Are they hoping to discover a new gender perhaps?

  10. Percy

    Are they hoping to discover a new gender perhaps?

    I assume they are worried that both (should that be all?) genders aren’t being oppressed equally.

  11. Old School Conservative

    Don’t do it Judith. All that “melting snow” could be hazardous.

  12. H B Bear

    Please tell us the Australian taxpayer is not funding that.

  13. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Best of luck with that Judith but I fear the Job is already earmarked for a red haired ,blue eyed semi indiginouslesbian member of socialist alliance.jobs for the commune comrades.

  14. MemoryVault

    Best of luck with that Judith but I fear the Job is already earmarked for a red haired, blue eyed semi indiginous lesbian member of socialist alliance.jobs for the commune comrades.

    Dr Sir Fred Lenin.
    That should be a hilarious, off-colour, sexist, racist, homophobic joke.
    Unfortunately it isn’t.

  15. AP

    How does one obtain excellence in gender? Really perfect private parts?

  16. AP

    Actually, that would be excellence in sex, not gender,

  17. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Studying foundational discourses and social constructions is no walk in the park Judith.

    Me oh my, yes. It could take up to a week. (Hope you were joking, James in Footscray.)

    I know because I’ve done it. And deary me, there are some very slippery foundations to many of those discourses and those social foundations are often not very secure. People do have such a disappointing way of being unamenable to social slotting by visiting anthropologists and, especially, to ‘gender’ researchers, who so often seek confirmation of their own ideological positions on things.

    Margaret Mead got it very wrong, and likely our Himalayan Gender Intruder will do so too.
    Don’t do it, Jude. Stick with the wonderful certainty of economics.

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    oops, ‘social constructions’ in my comment, not ‘social foundations’. It’s pre-dinner Grappa time over here in Sicily, while youse are all sleeping. Gotta get the academic lingua right. But are they Constructivist social constructions? Or the far more socially acceptable (at left-wing conferences and dinner parties) ‘critical socio-historical social constructions’ drawing on the post-modern oeuvre, Foucardian at the least, with lots of wymmynses explanatory guff too? Lordy, it never ends, does it?

  19. old bloke

    Are they hoping to discover a new gender perhaps?

    Looking for the Yeti gender?

  20. entropy

    I don’t think he was joking, MV.

  21. James Hargrave

    Whoever gets it will surely be invited to give a seminar to the ‘History of Emotions’ mob at UWA and Parkville TAFE – and the Australian tax-payer, via the ARC, is finding that tosh very generously.

    PS. On of the more memorable comment of Hailsham of St Marylebone LC, then about 80, at one of Mrs T’s cabinet meetings, was that ‘we all have sex’ – not meaning intercourse, of course. A losing battle, but when the one is used generally as shorthand for the other, gender boils over from its proper, narrow use describing languages etc.

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