…and I’m trying to decide what to do about it. I got my page proofs last night for a journal article in an Entomological Society of America journal. Yay! But here’s what pissed me off so much–for the SECOND TIME, the email from the editorial office came addressed to “Dear Sir”.
Goddamn. It’s freakin’ 2007, and they still use a form letter that says “Dear SIR“??
I emailed them back the first time about it, but clearly no one has made the change. And I’m really, really steamed. The assumption that the first author must be a man, or that only men publish, should have gone away decades ago.
I am trying to decide who to email next–the Publications Council? There are a couple of folks on the Governing Board that I know would have similar reactions to mine.
I also know that if I make a big deal of this, there will be two primary reactions:
1. “Oh God, it’s that damn Bug Girl again. What a Feminazi!”
2. “Sheesh, overreacting about a little thing like that. Get a life!”
I don’t think that anyone who hasn’t received letters and correspondence for years addressed to “Dear Sir” or “Mr. Bug Girl” can really understand how grating it gets to be after a while. It’s like the time a kid came into my office and assumed I was Dr. Bug Girl’s secretary. Cause, you know, no women are faculty.