Friday, July 29, 2005

Within inches of quitting

There's a lot to be learned by just listening -- listening, that is, without waiting for a tiny pause in which to inject one's own brillant words. There is even more to be learned from the experience of 'thinking out loud' while being listened to attentively, without the need to react, to entertain or to defend oneself against attack.

Taken from "A Feminist I" by Christine Overall


patbergschneider said...

Would you recommend this book to a boy? --- That boy being... myself.

FemaleCSGradStudent said...

Certainly. I've always been of the opinion that "Feminist Issues" are "People's Issues" since practically everyone has a mother, sister, wife, or girlfriend affected by the problems faced by women in society.

Moreover, this book tries to give some suggestions to both men and women to improve the very masculine environment of academia.

The only problem is that the book is very dry, and you must wade through the double-speak of an ethics professor.

Hell, I'll even send you my copy when I'm done with it. I only bought it because the libraries didn't have it.

patbergschneider said...

I completely agree. Feminist Issues are indeed general issues in humanity, as we cannot improve as a society without improving gender relations concurrently.

In a way, I'm sorry you're at youeyeyousee with the male-centric attitude that is so prominent. But at the same time, I'm glad that you're there because I like to see you outsmart the guys.

Oh, and I'll take you up on that book offer. Perhaps I can send you out some CDs and include a mailer for the trip back to me?

RussianViolets said...

Don't have that book yet, but need it and want it for diss. Must add to Amazon wish list. Thanks for the reminder.