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The Ivory Fortress: Reckoning With Academic Ableism

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At one point in my life, I wanted to get a PhD in Cultural Studies. This did not work out for a whole bunch of reasons, the biggest of which was that my experience getting my MA in Women’s Studies was generally horrific.

In my undergraduate years at UC Davis, many professors and grad students with whom I studied told me that I excelled at media/cultural studies, and my brain somehow interpreted this to mean that I absolutely should get a PhD.

This interpretation was, I realize now, very wrong.

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