1. Eli expressly urged me to write about gender for a collection on graduate student socialization in anthropology because none of the student writers were doing so, and he saw this as an important dimension of academic life. I initially declined, largely because in a sense it felt like there was too much to say. I changed my mind because I have criticized histories of the women’s movement for over-generalizing, and have felt such histories should capture the multiplicity of women’s experiences far more than they have. This is one reason this essay is so “I”-filled.
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