Women: Be More Professional Than Men.
I've been busy of late. Some of it is good busy. Much of it is overwhelmed exhausted thankless busy.
One theme I've been hearing is with regards to the job market, which I'm not really on, but I am still taking notes for future reference. I gather little tidbits and write them here, since I think it's ridiculous that we're all expected to rediscover the wheel.
Today I learned: men can have cute websites, women can't.
Similarly, men can have cute CVs that show their enthusiasm and personality: women can't.
I've always hated this mentality, that we have to Sound Professional in order to be, you know, good at what we do.
We have to pretend like the research was done by a robot instead of a person.
Or perhaps it should be said, there is the perception that research must be done by a man or a sexless robot, but god help us all, not by a living breathing woman.
Women, says the Voice of Authority, you don't have The Unwritten Rule Book, so you better adhere strictly to all the rules.
I get this advice from both women and men, but I think the truly un-sexist men are most likely to steer me wrong. They don't realize that what men can and do get away with, or even benefit from (e.g. showing personality), in my case won't fly, and will only get me in trouble.
I'm sure it's no help that I have such a troublesome personality.