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My fellow CF, Crunktastic gets to the heart of the issue. See, this is why when I was dating military DC cats earlier this year, I stayed in trouble. LOL.
Recently, my romantic interested accused me of throwing my Ph.D. in his face. Most Black women with Ph.D.'s will know exactly how egregious an accusation that is, especially since we are hypersensitive and overly vigilant about making sure never to "throw our degrees" in the face of less-accomplished potential boos or family members.
During a casual phone convo about our respective college experiences, Dude who is a high school math teacher and has a couple of advanced degrees in math fields remarked to me that he found most humanities/ social science majors, including English and Political Science—my undergrad majors—"illegitimate." Now given that all of my degrees are in humanities fields, I was majorly incensed.
And although I'm
tired ofused to –and normally unphased by– these inanely conceived verbal jousting matches that dudes engage highly educated women in in order to see if we are really as smart as our degrees seem to indicate, this time I was pissed.
It's college administrators and other knuckleheads who think like him that make my job so hard in the first place. Thinking like this explains, partially anyway, why my students can't write for shit and why my salary is a comically paltry percentage of the amount of student loans I owe.