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Conference Sex: Writing Nerds Get Some Love

It comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever attended an academic conference that there’s some fooling around behind all those closed hotel room doors. A paper presented at this year’s MLA conference, however, took this below-the-radar fact rather public.

According to an InsideHigerEd.com piece I just stumbled upon, sex is rampant at academic conferences–and these events are increasingly becoming places where monogamous couples (married or in long-term relationships) who have jobs at separate far-flung posts meet up to have some time to themselves.

Drouin noted that the academic job market is so tight these days that many academics can’t live in the same cities with their partners. While many colleges try to help dual career couples, this isn’t always possible, and is particularly difficult for gay and lesbian couples, since not every college will even take their couple status seriously enough to try to find jobs for partners. So these long distance academic couples, gay and straight, tenured and adjuncts, must take the best academic positions they can, and unite at academic conferences.

Talk about challenges for dual-career couples! Oh yes, and this conference talk was presented by a woman wearing a bathrobe.

To read more about it: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/01/02/mla

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February 5, 2009 - Posted by | Academic Musings

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