Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia by Kelly J. Baker

When I first took a crack at reading this book, I was immediately hit by the shared experience of academic life and frankly, it was painful. When I picked it up again, I read through each chapter and section as though they were rants on social media from my friends and colleagues in academia. These days, though I am cordoned off in a non-tenure position, I am also able to be more under the radar of would-be sexist antics from my colleagues and thankfully have had less nonsense from my students. Reading through this made me want to send it off to the now retired chair of the department I studied in while earning my master’s to see if she might be at least chagrined by her conduct and leadership there that is so eloquently written about here.

My only caveat for any reader who feels beleaguered and/or overwhelmed by current events that include the #METOO movement, save this read for a better time; but do take the time to read it when you are able, it will make you feel less isolated.

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

a bitchin feminista mama at the intersection of political quagmire and real life.

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