One of my contributions focused on sexism in academia, particularly the way in which distinguished women academics face increased scrutiny of their appearance. On multiple occasions not only my colleagues, but my students have felt it appropriate to discuss how I look. The entitlement that men feel to comment on my appearance goes beyond the pale of simple “compliments”.

Allow me to burst your privilege bubble. The only reason you feel entitled to declare your approval of my appearance is because otherwise, it is assumed that you aren’t.