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Philosophy professionals outed for sexual harassment atmosphere

Careers in the field of philosophy have skewed noticeably toward males; in fact, it has become so obvious that it's a "man's world" that articles have begun to talk about the phenomenon. The crux of the issue for many women appears to be their allegations that sexual harassment against females is prevalent among male philosophy professionals. Their concerns are generally focused on philosophy jobs in academia, including at institutes of higher learning in New Jersey.

A recent survey unveiled that only about 1 in 5 tenure-track philosophy faculty members were women. The survey was conducted among a wide swath of graduate program representatives. The issue seems to be something that has been "known" in the field, but was rarely discussed until recently.

What exactly constitutes the sexual harassment in academic philosophy settings? For one philosophy graduate student at a southern university, she says her experience took the place of being verbally harassed by a philosophy professor who said she was not bright enough to understand that he was actually joking, not trying to make her uncomfortable. Allegedly, part of the problem might even be inherent in the curricula itself; it tends to lean heavily toward male domination, according to female philosophy professors.

Whether the sexual harassment occurs on a New Jersey campus or the diner down the street, it's critical to bring to light the warning signs and steps to protect oneself. Sexual harassment in a professional setting is absolutely unacceptable on any level. Any allegations of it on campus among co-workers need to be addressed swiftly and with seriousness.

Source: Mint Press News, The 'Whitest, Malest' Field Of American Academia: Philosophy, Carissa Wyant, Sept. 13, 2013

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