Thursday, 17 July 2008

Are Universities Institutional Sexist?

This thought stems from a conversation I was having about my recent graduation and how someone was confused when I said I was “a Master”, she then stated surely I was a Mister. I then explained I was talking about my degree, she then said what do women get? I said a Masters degree as well, she replied “Oh”.

Should Women get a “Mistresses” degree instead of a “Masters”? Or a “Spinsters” degree instead of a “Bachelors”?

The legend is that Bristol graduates are denied mortarboards as they threw them at the first women graduates. This could be the issue where Bristol makes up for this lapse with a progressive re-naming of degrees.

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