The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 2nd, 2015
A deeply personal posting by an MIT professor and self-described
“nerdy male” wrestling with the idea of male privilege has set off a
debate about feminism, nerds, and privilege across the Internet.
The posting, by Scott Aaronson, an associate professor of electrical
engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, appeared as a comment on his blog in December.
It was part of the discussion on a post Mr. Aaronson wrote earlier
about how MIT had reacted after determining that Walter Lewin, a former
professor, had sexually harassed women
on the Internet. In the original blog post, Mr. Aaronson wrote that
sexual harassment “must never be tolerated,” but he took issue with
MIT’s decision to remove Mr. Lewin’s online lectures.