There’s a discussion going on now on AASWomen (the newsletter of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy) that is worthy of everyone’s attention. The reason why I think this is important is because so many people know someone who has had to deal with unwanted sexual advances from someone senior to them (e.g., PhD adviser, close collaborator). I believe this situation is more common than we’d like to admit and we need to get the problem out into the open so it can be eradicated. Below, I’ve linked to the relevant bits of the newsletter; Serial Offenders especially deserves to be read.
- Anon’s request for advice
- Serial Offenders — an excellent rant that makes an apt comparison between the blind eye that the Catholic church hierarchy turned toward serial sexually abusive priests, and the blind eye that many academic departments turn toward serial sexual harassers on the faculty. “How can we get the chairs of university departments or directors of observatories to take this problem seriously?”
- Advice and More Advice — some ideas for those who find themselves is this situation.