Crohn’s and the academic job market- a tale

The abysmal situation of the academic job market has received a lot of coverage in recent years, with not much changing, sadly. You can separate academics into different camps: adjuncts and job seekers, the tenured who have compassion but feel helpless, and those who think that everything is amazing the way it is, and who should just shut the hell up and take it. Let me backup and explain the types of academic labor: Tenure-track: This is the unicorn amongRead more

Microaggressions and IBD

“Crohn’s? Oh, that’s ok to have, it’s treatable.” “So and so has had kidney problems, you just have a dicky tummy” “You can’t feel that bad, if you are still wearing make-up” “But, you are so young! Isn’t RA only for grannies?” “You got a PhD and you have Crohn’s?” “But you look so good” If you suffer from IBD, these utterances probably sound familiar in one way or another. I will go ahead and call them microaggressions. The termRead more

Positive Thinking- the Health Movement’s form of Blaming the Victim

The first time I was in the United States was in 2004. I was an exchange student who had moved from an urban European mass university to a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. George W. Bush was still president and would win a second term while I was there. At the age of 23, I stayed in a dorm full of freshmen, and did not especially care to be lectured on “no sex before marriage.” After two weeks,Read more