I'm really angry
Have any of you ever tried to have a professional discussion with someone you are trying to respect as a colleague and had it turn personal? Have you ever been patronized by someone you were honestly trying to learn from? Did anyone ever refer to you as "dear" or a "gal"? (ok that 2nd one is a tad out of context...he referred to me as "caltechgal", which I DID NOT LIKE) in a conversation you were trying to keep professional and respectful?
All I know is that if someone is more interested in hearing themself talk and putting someone down than in making a rational answer, they likely have little important to say in the first place.
ARRRGH. This is something I have never experienced before. I know many many women (and a few men) who have had several of these experiences, but I have never had one. Every exchange I've ever had where I was questioning someone's theories or work has been rational and respectful. Even when my thoughts disagree with theirs, no one has ever treated me this way before, and I'm not sure how to respond except to fire a somewhat respectful barrage over my six on the way out the door.
What do you think? I know the best thing I could do was what I did: get out of the discussion so I didn't blow a rod all over this guy and get nasty.
Anyone else have a story to share?
Update: It really blows my rod when 1) I tell the person in question I don't wish to discuss it further and he continues to use me as an example.
and 2) He continues to disparage me while doing so and in order to disparage others.
This discussion is occurring in the B-sphere, and if you're wise with regards to recent things I've posted, you'll see what I mean.
(this is the part where I lose my temper)You know what????, just because I'm a grad student and you're a tenured professor, that doesn't mean my opinions are worthless, and frankly, if I choose to anthropomorphize in an argument it is simply for the clarification of my point to those who are less well educated about the matters we are discussing, you know, like an ANALOGY and is no reason to insult my intelligence. Aren't you the one who offered to say different things in a non-blog setting? Oh and by the way you arrogant snot, just because I admit that I over simplified something doesn't mean that the rest of my arguments are less valid, especially when you are SOOOOOO convinced by the grace of whatever god you worship (hubris????) that you are right even though you clearly don't even care what I'm trying to say.
The insults have for the most part been redacted.