They Like Me

The follow up to this piece has been renewed media interest in the difficulty that women presidential candidates have meeting the likability standard. Today was Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC: you can watch it here. They sent a car for me and everything: and yes, you can wear jeans under the desk. A loved one … More They Like Me

What Affirmative Action Didn’t Change

The mass hiring of women into higher education, beginning in the 1970s, is one of the great affirmative-action success stories. Although universities have simultaneously done a remarkably poor job of cultivating, hiring, and promoting scholars of color, and although the natural sciences, economics, and philosophy remain defiantly male, the status of women in higher education … More What Affirmative Action Didn’t Change

Oprah for President?

This post was originally published at Public Seminar on January 10, 2018. I turned off #GoldenGlobes2018 about 45 minutes into the show. I was impressed by what I was hearing from the awards stand. But I was also offended by Seth Meyers’ repeated jabs at Kevin Spacey, the only gay man other than the elderly … More Oprah for President?

Is it okay to call Donald Trump Jr. a boy?

How many parents do we know who refer to their adult sons as “boys” and “kids?” Lots. Yet there has been an explosive response to President Trump characterizing his son Donald Jr., who will testify next week before a Senate committee investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, as a “good boy” and a “good … More Is it okay to call Donald Trump Jr. a boy?