Mar. 6th, 2010

Sandals

Mar. 6th, 2010 08:17 pm
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The weather is finally breaking fifty degrees in the afternoons, and as such, I have broken out my summer footwear. And summer nail polish.

As an archaeologist I might be a fraud. I somehow feel that I'm letting the side down a bit because I like the pretty things. Its hard to get away from the stereotypes that even the academic world imposes upon us. I maintain that archaeologists can also be female, but its hard to be your own archaeologist when we're still sort of breaking into and establishing ourselves in the fields.

This is something that every field experiences when women really start to break into it. Women have to conform to the standards set by men at first in order to break into the field. Now we comprise more than half of the field. The guilt is residual; we should be able to define the field according to who is working in the field. I propose that we go back to the pith helmet-dirigible-khaki-gentile-archaeologist model. I would also like camels at every field site.

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