Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in January show that universities employ more black staff as cleaners, receptionists or porters than as lecturers or professors. They describe feeling under greater scrutiny, and say that they have to work harder to prove themselves, are less likely to be encouraged to go for promotion, and are less often successful in applications for promotion when they do apply. We need to acknowledge and nurture the talent of our BAME academics, and encourage those who have left to return. A new book, Inside the Ivory Tower , reveals the experiences of BAME female academics working in UK academia, and explore what their encounters of racial and gendered inequality mean for the profession. Here we provide some excerpts. Senior lecturer at Coventry University and course director of the social work undergraduate degree.
Hyper-sexualisation: the realities of my black, female body
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'I've been mistaken for the coffee lady': experiences of black female academics
Sexualisation is a concept not unfamiliar to a significant proportion of female readers of this magazine, and females in general. We experienced it during puberty, when our breasts ached and protruded awkwardly, when our hips began to be defined through our clothing, when boys equated our worthiness to our bra sizes. Unfortunately, some of us experienced sexualisation even before puberty, when even shielded with the veil of innocence, men repeatedly perceived us as objects of sexual desire. I had my own experiences as an object of sexualisation during this dreaded rite of passage known as puberty. I had just relocated to Kenya from Toronto and the telling glares I received from men, often twice my age, caused a churning in my belly and an incomparable embarrassment.
That's what he called them. One day, a white boy turned to Lexy, now 24, in the cafeteria and declared how great her full lips must be for blow jobs. One of just a few black girls in a predominantly white middle school, she was already self-conscious. He just felt like it was OK to say that to me and my big lips," Lexy remembers. Every woman has to deal with antiquated B.