On Righteous Non-complaining and the Cost of Participation

@WhyHelloThere That's true, and it did occur to me after I wrote my comment that saying "you should complain to someone who can do something" is definitely coming from a privileged place of being a white woman with a high level of education and the beginnings of a middle-class career, who people tend to take somewhat seriously (well, sometimes). Sorry if I sounded sanctimonious!

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 6:53 am 0

On Righteous Non-complaining and the Cost of Participation

@WhyHelloThere As a Righteous Non-Complainer (I love having a word for this now!) I personally draw a distinction between complaining with a goal of making a difference vs just having a whinge. So complaining to someone outside of your local Democratic party about their venue choice is different to complaining within the party and wanting them to change.

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm 2

On The Cost of Publishing Academic Research

@AlexaV Yes, I remember being a first-year grad student, and not realizing that talking about $$$ in academia is nothing like talking about money in normal life - at least in my physical sciences subfield, the normal thing to do is to just say "I want to do ABC, do you have a budge for it/can we put it on XYZ grant/etc?", but I'd be all "so I think there might be a cost for this maybe perhaps I dunno can we talk about something else now" and wonder why I wasn't getting anywhere :) (Also, it seems a lot of the time, grant holders are desperately trying to spend money before the grant expires, so you're doing them a favour by suggesting something they can use it for!)

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm 0