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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

#ThanksForTyping: 'The Invisible Labor Of Women In The Textual Transmission Of Men’s Scholarship'

Bruce Holsinger (Virginia) posted images on Twitter showing male professors thanking their wives for typing their manuscripts:

Typing

It became a trending topic on Twitter under the hashtag #ThanksForTyping.  BuzzFeed picked it up, and Claire M.L. Bourne called the meme “the invisible labor of women in the textual transmission of men’s scholarship."

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Comments

Claire M.L. Bourne apparently does not understand the meaning of the word invisible; if the thanks appeared in a published work and can be circulated on Twitter, it ain't.

It's a pity that these poor wives did not have modern leftists around to tell them how horrible their marriages and the voluntary decisions made within them were.

Posted by: Curmudgeonly Ex-Clerk | Apr 4, 2017 7:07:38 AM

I would rather thank my wife for being my best and most insistent critic of drafts. And I do thank her repeatedly. We all need such people because we become captured by our prose and subjective assumptions about other people seeing what we mean when it is really inside our own state of immersion.

Posted by: David | Apr 4, 2017 7:07:58 AM

Yes, and there's the even more invisible labor of men doing dangerous jobs for which they're either never mentioned, treated as 'bitter and angry deplorables,' or demonized as racist killers. Compared to that, these 'invisible' typists have it great.

And you don't have to study this long to realized that attitude—and the push to automate their jobs—has elements of beta-to-zeta males envious of the burly alpha males who deep-sea fish, log, and drive trucks, along with fighting fires and chasing criminals. It it takes guts, they don't like it.

There's a parallel to a public school systems whose inability to teach suggests a covert 'revenge of the stupes.' All those who did poorly in school seem intent on creating a public school system where no one learns.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Apr 4, 2017 12:01:25 PM

I suspect typing will decline with laptops, etc. But what about all the male professors who use female RAs? Has anyone ever followed up on how many have their own academic careers?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 4, 2017 12:28:53 PM