Guest Post at Already Pretty

February 26th, 2010 § 6 comments

Pen and Paper, originally uploaded by Kristian D..

We were recently asked to contribute to a discussion over on Sally McGraw’s wonderful site Already Pretty. Sally regularly receives questions regarding style and appearance in academia and she sent some of those reader enquiries our way. We were honored to be asked to add our two cents, and in true academic form, we met for a virtual ’roundtable’ to mull over the topics in question. If you’d like to engage in the discussion, please see our interview here, and please add you comments and thoughts on the matter. We welcome this continued discussion on identity, performance, gender, and academia.

§ 6 Responses to Guest Post at Already Pretty"

  1. Tarryn says:

    Hey, I have read a couple of your posts and am very interested to know what disciplines you read in… I see susan sontag, foucault, heidegger, Adorno… uh… Anthropology? Sociology (shudder)? Gender studies? I’m kind of hoping for the first… I like to find like minded bloggers!

  2. la petite figue says:

    Hello!
    I am a long time follower of academichic, and I just want to say THANK YOU! Your roundtable was fascinating, and I found many points worth further consideration.
    I hold an advanced degree myself and now work in a professional environment, but my specific niche often involves getting messy. I struggle with molding my aesthetic to fit a professional yet more utilitarian purpose. It is a challenge, and one that has gotten me thinking more deeply about why I wear the things I do and how I can convey a sense of self without sacrificing things like comfort, ease of movement, and washability (if it’s dry-clean only, I won’t wear it to work).
    I read a lot of fashion blogs and typify most of the ones I follow as pretty and even inspirational, but not much else. I love that your site beautifully deals with beauty/fashion/trends and intellectual and interesting discourse. We all make choices about how we present ourselves, and you three are able to examine the deeper reasons behind our choices. It is refreshing and special, so thank you!

  3. sabrina says:

    Great “roundtable”. I love the fact that you guys will openly disagree with each other. I think you guys are brilliant and thanks for bringing some seriously thoughtfulness (and Sal as well) into the style blog-o-sphere. I’m am still trying to figure out my relationship to my intellect, politics, profession, and style, as I was a very crude feminist at a younger age who eschewed aesthetics but I am coming around now that I am practically thirty. I feel that my own style evolutions are really influenced by intelligent bloggers such as you all, Sal, Angie at Youlookfab, etc. Keep up the amazing work!

  4. Kate says:

    Academichics, what a great post! I can’t wait to see your responses to the other questions people asked – there were many other excellent ones!

    Tarryn, as a sociology PhD student, ouch! According to their “state of the field” the academichics are all in the humanities. I would guess they don’t want to disclose too much so that they can keep their identities private. They have chosen to share their initials but not their names, their field but not their discipline(s), and the region their university is in but not its name or even which state it is in.

  5. R says:

    This is the thing: I don’t know you three outside the realms of your blogging experience so whatever perception I may have of you ladies comes from the way you are dressing and what you post. I’m not American but I’ve been there and I’m familiar with how some issues – race/gender – and the sub issues that come with them. And although we have the same issues here, they play differently – maybe S. can put some perspective in it, being an imigrant and currently living abroad in a country that it is not the one she was born in, the similarities and the nuances.

    Personally, I don’t read “race” when I see E.’s, or “sexual option” when I read A.’s – in fact I didn’t know A. was a lesbian until now. I knew S. was Romanian but, honestly, I don’t see the expat sign written over any of her choices.

    What I see is how three try to simultanelously adpat your personal likes and – why not – dislikes – the things that make you, well, you to the academic world. Because this is academia, there is a very particular debate: if I dress up, and I’m talen less seriously? Will people thing I’m less intelligent/talented? How my students, who are just a few years younger than me will respect/perceive my teaching?

    However, I don’t think it is an issue only pertinent to those in the academia. We all want to push a certain image in our worfields. I have a friend who works in a model agency. She is not a model, but a booker and she has to adapat her personal style’s – that is really close to A.’s – to the image her job requires – someone trendy, into fashion, without looking like a fashin victim, being comfortable in her own skin and feeling good.

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