Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm male, yet again!

I just got back yet another revision back of a paper I reviewed, and once again, I am male! Check this out:
We'll fix XYZ... (also as pointed out by Reviewer 1 and addressing his comment as well).
And the first author is a woman, no less! For shame.

I wish I could write back that I am not a man. But that would surely out me, as, really, there's only N women in my subfield and you can count them on two hands.

I accept that in this day and age "guy" and perhaps even "man" are gender-neutral - I've given up on those battles. But "his" and "he" are most definitely masculine in English.

Interestingly, this is from the same journal whose editor called me "Ms." and my male co-author "Dr.", even though we are both still PhD students. And the re-invtation from the editor again called me "Ms.", but at least he didn't call me "Mr."

Anyway, this is all quite entertaining. I've decided I'm going to keep a scorecard of times I'm referred to as a male after giving anonymous reviews. New category and all.

This month we are batting .250. Watch out for that Mendoza Line, authors!*

(*) Yes, I just made two sports analogies. Maybe I am male!


  1. That's a pretty high level sports reference. Everyone gets "hit one out of the park" or "swing for the fences". Mendoza line, that's borderline obscure. Nice.

  2. Mendoza line? Is that like some hideous male version of a bikini line? *shudder*

    I am male, and that sports reference went right over my head. --And over the fence. Kudos!

  3. Breathe through your eyelids. And don't hold the ball so hard. It's an egg. Hold it like an egg. BRING IT MEAT! :)

  4. heh. To be honest, I only learned that by reading the wikipedia entry on how to calculate batting averages. :) But I think it's great - I'm going to use it all the time. This world needs more obscure sports references, I always say.