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  • Heartlessness as an intellectual style

    Chronicle of Higher Education - 04/30/2017

    A 1999 study of women’s emotional labor in academe found that “students expect female professors to be nicer than male professors and judge them more harshly when they are not.” More recently, the history professor Benjamin M. Schmidt, at Northeastern University, found that male professors were more likely to be called “geniuses,” while female professors were more often judged on their personalities. Many women say that their students frequently treat them like counselors or social workers. Female academics — like their peers in other professions — are made to perform the bulk of the emotional labor, with both colleagues and students.

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