Movie title invoked by me in the context of critiquing philosophy departments. That's participating in my own comments thread section, where I also say something I'd like to reprint here:
The question of politeness is important.The cooking metaphor began in the post proper, and the philosophers introduced it.
The notion that women are "polite" in some special way needs examination. Women may have developed a strategy that gets called politeness that works in many situations. But let's be honest about what that really is and why it developed, both biologically and culturally.
No one is engaging in physical combat here. It's verbal sparring, and there's an emotional element that affects your predisposition to that kind of fighting.
There's no reason to think women are less able than men in verbal argument, but there is an emotional aspect to it. Still, when you do verbal argument, you are using emotion. You can't extract all emotion.
Lawyers know this perhaps more than philosophers.
Philosophers are stewing in their own juice. They think the juice needs more women, because lack of women is not the current taste.
They're going through an awkward phase of trying to add women. But women are not passively accepting the role as ingredient in their foul stew.
Why should they?!
Where do those female undergraduates in philosophy go if not to philosophy grad programs?
I bet they go to law school, which would be an extremely rational thing to do.
Although if philosophy departments are desperate enough [about needing] to display chunks of female floating in their gloppy gumbo, it may be a good bet for a few individuals to offer themselves up as the women philosophers, at least for a while, and these women may play the game especially well if they package themselves as specialists in "women in philosophy" issues.
Circa 1970, females entering law teaching would do "Women in the Law" and "Family Law" topics. When I was graduating from law school in 1981 and going into a law teaching job search, one of my female lawprofs advised me (and other women) to resist getting assigned Family Law or any of those women-associated topics. Get right to the seemingly "male" things like Contracts and Corporations.
I just want to warn women to be very careful if any of these aliens displays a text — written in abstruse language — titled "To Serve Women."