Metaphors we live by [5]

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [19]

Within the span of about an hour, yet from two opposite sides of the globe.

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [18]

[지금 SNS에선] 출산지도 (이영경, 경향신문, 1 January 2017)

‘저출산 극복’이 목적이라고 밝혔지만, 현실에서는 ‘성희롱’이 됐다. 포털 등에는 입에 담기 민망한 성폭력적 댓글이 달리고, 게임 ‘포켓몬고’에 빗대어 ‘빈자궁고’ ‘XX몬고’라고 부르는 말까지 생겼다.

Known unknowns

The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why. (Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, 15 April 2020; crossposted 16 December 2020)

Brain fog, phantom smells and tinnitus: my experience as a Covid ‘long hauler’ (Hannah Davis, The Guardian, 5 August 2020)

COVID-19 survivors are losing their hair — Here’s why (Joni Sweet, Healthline, 22 August 2020)

Teeth grinding, facial pain have increased due to stress from COVID-19 (Nancy Schimelpfening, Healthline, 24 November 2020)

Parosmia: ‘The smells and tastes we still miss, long after Covid’ (BBC, 6 February 2021)

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs (BBC, 16 September 2021)

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [14]

Criticism of South Korean MP’s red dress stirs sexism debate (The Guardian, 6 August 2020; and one year on)

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [12]

When is a sausage just a sausage? Controversial ads fuel S.Korea’s sexism debate (Reuters, 28 May 2021; see also 분노한 남자들, SisaIN Vol.467, 22 August 2016)

Young, male and anti-feminist – The Gen Z boys who hate women (Hannah Ewens, Vice, 28 May 2021)

Trust me, I’m a doctor. [2]

Yes, this post is about that WSJ op-ed. Since its publication about 30 hours ago, it has kept turning up in my Twitter timeline, like a bad penny. I must have seen it at least 100 times. I guess this tells me a lot about the skewed composition of my social media bubbles. Anyway, I enjoy self-deprecating jokes, and I even have a collection of ‘not-a-real-doctor’ routines, but this piece grates on me on many levels.

If Dr Biden and Professor Cato have to put up with this kind of 어그로, what chance do I have? And what about those 70+ female students in my class who have just embarked on their journey to become a Doctor of Philosophy?

I don’t think I have met a Joseph Epstein myself (yet), but I have noticed something along the way. Those who have told me that they are not precious about their titles are all men and those who have suggested that I should put mine explicitly in my email signature and PowerPoint slides are all women. A tiny sample obviously, but no exception so far. Once I have realised this pattern, I find myself thinking about it regularly.