While I agree that the research pointing to the devastation that the pandemic has had on female academic productivity is a thing, I worry that it still frames "academic productivity" as a numbers game that we all should be playing in a particular way.

If it's been easiest for cishet white men to be "productive" and therefore successful in academia, then probably "productivity" was always a rigged game. I mean obvs it was.

So the "falling behind" in academic production emerges from that deficit model. Could easily also say men with caregiving responsibilities but who are not fulfilling them, or letting their partners take on the bulk of them, are also "falling behind"

But I think my original musings are more around wanting (as many of us have wanted, for a while) for academic success to be more than just our metrics. Worrying about "female academic productivity" still valorizes the metrics.

I'm not tenured or even tenure-track faculty, so I don't have a way to push this within institutions. I wonder if anyone is successfully pushing for different models in their own departments. This problem isn't new with the pandemic obvs.

@DonnaLanclos I'll be tenured in a few months. If I get to stay that long. So hopefully I can start rocking the boat and poking the bear then.

@devinprater good luck, sincerely. I don't know if you've heard of these folks but I know they are trying to move things, too

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