Thursday, February 11, 2010

You Know You're an Insufferable Academic When...

* Your friend observes that the editor of a particular edition of a book is somewhat overeager with her footnotes and you exclaim, "I was thinking the exact same thing!"  And you were.

* There are many times you'd rather attend a lecture than a movie.  If only they served popcorn...

* You think you have good taste in television because you watch all of Joss Whedon's shows.

* You discuss with friends whether one can read In Style and watch Teen Mom marathons and still call oneself a feminist.  You decide, yes.  Because you do.  But you still might try to convince yourself that you watch Teen Mom and read In Style ironically.

* You roll your eyes when people misuse the word "ironic."

* You start many, many conversations with, "So, I was listening to NPR..."

* You think it's hot when guys start conversations with, "So, I was listening to NPR..."

* You can win any argument with your spouse by insisting that his/her views are wrong because they align with the hegemonic patriarchy. 

* You refer to people outside academia as "civilians" but your tone implies "unwashed masses."

* You claim that you're just one of the bourgeoisie but you're very much an elitist.  Also, you like to use the word "bourgeoisie" as much as possible.

This list is by no means exhaustive.  Academics have a unique ability to be neurotic and insecure, self-aware and self-deprecating, insightful and witty, funny and serious.  I love them and I hate them.  Because I am them.

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