Dating another grad student
(Just count the times this author uses the word “hero.”) Thus, the master/protégé dynamic cements power differentials that are simply too pronounced to create a healthy relationship, Not to mention the fact that grad-student/faculty relationships literally ruin careers: When a student and faculty member start sleeping together, rarely is it a well-kept secret; often, the student becomes a departmental pariah.
Whether you matriculated from the Ivy League, a great state school or built your career from the ground up, Catch22Dating is the online dating site for graduate students like you.It’s not just a matter of two consenting adults’ hearts wanting what they want.Because not only are these relationships almost always an unacceptable abuse of power, they also affect the dynamics of departments, entire fields, and the very act of academic mentorship altogether.It's convenient if you are a graduate student too, as graduate student life is different and can be hard to understand.As a graduate student, you bring your work home..the time. There's TAing, doing research, writing grant applications, studying for exams, taking courses, preparing for conferences, submitting to conferences, trying to publish, making presentations, etc.So why does it still happen (other than the fact that people enjoy having sex)?
It happens because in many academic disciplines—such as, of course, philosophy, which already enjoys a reputation for misconduct—there is a tendency for beginning scholars to have “philosophical idols,” as explained to me by Meena Krishnamurthy, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.
Comforting them when they are feeling inadequate (when undergrads or professors yell at them, or when they realize how everyone else is smarter than them)4.
Sometimes not getting to spend quality time together (when they are going through crunchtime)5.
Even in an age when the feminists apparently control everything, it seems that the practice of older (usually male) scholars sleeping with much younger (usually female) graduate students is alive and …
well, I wouldn’t say “well.” With two such relationships making recent news in the discipline of philosophy alone, for some of the older generation of professors (again, mostly male), the grad students are still a dating pool—and vice versa.
This is not just icky—it is highly damaging to the profession.