Feb. 17th, 2008

There is an excellent entry about the cost of academic careers interesting comments there and references to the post are showing up in other blogs. As someone who studies identity and relationships the conversations are interesting both personally and professionally. The role of blogs and online communication is also interesting -- the types of doubts and regrets expressed online are often risky to express without the veil of anonymity.

A few of the things I gave up: motherhood, living near people I love, home ownership, partnership, not to mention that I exchanged earnings for a huge debt load -- it is true that I made the choices that had this outcome but this statement from the comments to the post mentioned above sums up how that happened

"one takes all these sacrifices for granted. One doesn't really feel one is making a decision in prioritizing the career over everything else. For starters, it's an incremental process: Maybe next year! But also, the profession naturalizes this process to the degree that it no longer appears to be a choice at all, it;s so taken for granted. But it is a choice and we should recognize it as such, and try to recover it as something we control."

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