I want to write an emotional, angry post or two about job searches and gender, or the post-ac/alt-ac life and gender. I’d love to do it with flair and style, have it go viral, and help other young women (or men, but I’d be writing this very much as a woman) not make the same mistakes or choices I made. I have more than a few words rattling around in my head about “how (not) to have a successful dual-career academic life.”
I have drafts of posts like this sitting in MS Word, sitting in WordPress, waiting. I’d love to give the posts the force of a real name, not a pseudonym, to see them on the Chronicle of Higher Education or Inside Higher Ed (though I fear what the the Comments section would do to me). I admire Rebecca Schuman’s no-holds-bars, not-pseudonymous, in-your-face writing style, but I don’t think I want that level of real-name risk, not at all, not now, at least! I want to see gender (or is it parenting? Or is it mothering? Or is it dual-career spouse-ing) added to the conversation about post-ac and alt-ac in a big big way.
I’ve thought about doing some of this book-review style, where I survey some of the relevant literature about job-changing, the adjunct “crisis,” and work/life “balance” and look at it from my own particularly jaundiced lens. And maybe I will do this, but I’m thinking that this is an anonymous blog for a reason, and if I can’t get a draft, a first attempt, out there, then nothing else productive might ever come of it. I don’t know when I might actually put up this post, but if I’m blogging about life in the trenches of academia and post-academia, I might as well let some of it out of the gates. If you’re interested in the roles that gender, mothering and parenting, and being part of a dual-career couple intersect with the job search, then keep your eyes peeled; I’m sure there is more to come. I’m just not so sure I want to hit “post,” even if I expect I’ll do so eventually.