Maybe I shot my mouth off a little too obnoxiously about humanities profs being afraid to blog or afraid of the effects of blogging. I didn't mean to point fingers and say "dirty assimilationist" or anything remotely similar. As if I could possibly claim to be on any kind of high horse.
Prof. Steed keeps pointing out I may not "belong" in academia if I'm so uncomfortable with it that I want to change it all around. But then other times she says things that sound like she has her regrets, wishes she could be a little more free, or that she feels ghettoized & limited by publishing lots about feminism and feminist theory.
Anyway, her advice to me was all very right.... I just don't want to hear it or am incapable, at times... The way that the Onceler advised me years ago with completely correct advice to translate only very famous, very dead, public domain poets FIRST in order to get them published easily. And then later, when established, go translate the women whose work I like better, that isn't public domain because they're not DEAD enough.
You see why this is correct, but also why it's orc-talk... And it's advice that maybe if I'd had it when I was 17 or 18, it would have steered me into being more successful. But I'd rather have my life this way. Really! And I still think with great happiness of the "Feminist Research Methods" book by Liz Stanley & Sue Wise - a very brave book. I'd rather write like that - "Expose mistakes" - or like Dale Spender - than toe the line (partly) in the way that Prof. Steed does (though I respect her immensely and think she is more disciplined than I can ever hope to be - she is inspiring too.)
(And I'm still thinking hard about what d.b. and Ping said about a dept. like this being more the place for me. I'm feeling like that creature in Put Me In the Zoo, when Prof F. is telling me what I need to do to fit into their dept and I'm like... But, wait, isn't it cool that I have these spots? and can change colors and... make them look like socks, and stuff!? Hmm. Perhaps... the circus is the place for me!)
I can't remember who pointed it out - I think it was that woman with the buzzed hair and blogher tank top, and I looked all over the conference for her... but yes, it is easier for we who don't have much of a position of "academic privilege" to say this sort of stuff compared to people who have a stake in the game for real.
This & other similar issues all were dealt with very well in Alanya to Alanya - the sf novel by L. Timmel Duchamp that I keep praising to the skies.