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Why am I not surprised?

Look, guys, the election is happening tomorrow and I aim to vote my congressperson back into office, as well as elect a new governator.  But other than that, I just want to be in denial about this election.  I feel betrayed by the clueless Fox News lovers out there and by the Democrats who let the Fox News lie machine go unchecked.  Yeah, they could have done a much better job since 2008 but that’s for Wednesday.

Instead, I point you to this story from the NYTimes about sexual harassment at Yale.  It’s about a departmental supervisor in the cardiology department who made an explicit pass at a female researcher.  She rejected him because she was already dating a cardiologist in the supervisor’s group.  So, the supervisor decided to make her future husband’s life a living nightmare, cutting him off grants and generally being a dick.

You may think that the supervisor got what’s coming to him after he was investigated by a disciplinary committee at Yale but you would be wrong.  Here’s the money quote:

Several of the faculty members who attended the meetings said that while they could not recall the dean’s actual words, the message they had come away with was that he seemed confused by the standards for sexual harassment, and thought brilliant researchers who attract grants might be given extra latitude.

That just about sums it up.  If you can bring a lot of money into your department through grants, you can be abusive to your staff with impunity and the administration will just shrug it off and call him demanding.  The highly competitive grant generating atmosphere in academia appears to be aggravating the tendency of some ambitious researchers to become narcissistic abusers.

Someone should look into that.

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