Ironic opposition

August 13, 2009

As lead author of numerous academic critiques of therapeutic education and the only woman among its three leading critics, the invisibility of my female perspective on a paper attacking me and colleagues for supporting the supposed binary in higher education between male/rational and female/emotional was most ironic ("No more touchy-feely? How macho ...", 6 August). But as a woman, I'm feeling too emotional at being excluded from the "politics of masculinity" that I'm alleged to be colluding in to be able to make a rational response.

Kathryn Ecclestone, Professor of education, Oxford Brookes University.

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