Friday, February 28, 2014

More Google questions

I'm not sure whether anybody else does but I like this feature.  You all seem to really like the picture captions so you must be visual learners, or visual snarkers, or something.  Anyway, here are today's Google questions:


I figure that these questions are asked by high school students since anybody in college would know the answers.  To get into the proper sarcastic, pissed off, WTF?! state of mind that fuels this blog, imagine you are talking with a student, or better yet, the parents of a prospective student and they ask you one of these questions.  Since you are a professional, you'll respond in a socially acceptable way but in your head, you would say whatever you write in the comments...


13 comments:

  1. Can a professor drop you from a tall building?

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    1. The answer to this question is actually less dependent on local rules and regulations than the answers to the original questions. It may, of course, depend on the relative size, strength, and/or state of inebriation of the professor and/or student. And it's rarely advisable (cf. 1st rule of RYS/CM/AWC: "don't care more about their educations than they do." It's hard to get to a state where one is tempted to drop students off buildings without in some way violating that rule. Developing a desire to drop administrators off tall buildings, on the other hand. . . .)

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    2. "Can a professor drop you from a tall building?"

      Biggest laugh all day.

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  2. If you ask your female professor whether a woman can be a professor, you'll find out the answer to that question and then you'll find out that she can indeed change your grade. Although, if' you're dumb enough to ask then you're probably not smart enough to pass anyway.

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  3. "Can a professor be a woman?"

    Yes. In fact, most female professors were women before they were professors (there are some exceptions; Jennifer Finney Boylan and Deirdre McCloskey come to mind). As long as you're not at an extremely conservative religious institution, academia is probably a comparatively hospitable setting in which to make a transition.

    If you meant to ask whether a woman can become a professor, I'd suggest visiting your local institution of higher education as soon as you get a chance. Even if you're in an extremely conservative country, you're very likely to find female professors. In fact, in some extremely conservative countries, you may find only female professors teaching female students -- not the ideal situation, perhaps, but a very good alternative to women being denied, or having to travel abroad for, a college education.

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    1. Or, for the second question, you could refer to Beaker Ben's answer above.

      Ben: for another interesting set of questions, you might consult the questions that bring people to the blog. I'm not sure exactly how you find them (I think I've seen people mention google analytics), but some bloggers (e.g. nicole and maggie) play around with them pretty regularly.

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    2. I should also probably add that transgender women are, in term of their own sense of themselves, women before (and whether or not) they make a transition that makes that identity more visible to others.

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  4. "Can a professor be a woman?"

    No, all the women you see behind lecterns in suits, at lab benches in lab coats and in offices in expensive-looking scarves on this campus are lunch ladies.

    (I know, this question was asked on the Internet, so the snark doesn't quite work . . . )

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    1. Only if they accept that we will make fun of them for being so.

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  6. The professional way to answer the question 'Can a professor be a woman?' is to laugh loudly and long in the face of the questioner.

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  7. Can a professor be friend ed on Facebook?

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