All Things Ill-Considered: NPR’s Sexist Blunder

Everyday sexism strikes again – The story of how one woman scholar was erased from co-authorship of her own book by the seemingly effortless (but in fact effortful), apparently unconscious sexism of NPR announcer Anders Kelto.

Is there anything more gratifying to a nice, liberal academic than turning on NPR and hearing them talk about a book you have written? In that lovely, calm, reasonable NPR voice that makes you think all will be well with the world, if only we can all learn to talk to one another in that lovely, calm, reasonable voice?

And is there anything more aggravating than hearing that voice attribute the book you wrote to your male co-author? The very same voice that interviewed you for half an hour about this very book, of which you wrote the introduction, the first chapter, the last chapter, and the conclusion?”

Silke-Maria Weineck, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 July 2018

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