How brave of you!

Recently an academic told me he had "pledged" to not participate in any all-male conference panels.

I wasn't sure how to respond: was I supposed to be grateful, as a female academic, that he was making this gesture? It seemed both condescending and smug. But I couldn't clearly articulate quite why it pissed me off until I read this piece in Jezebel:

Damn, You're Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That's So Freakin Brave and Cool

If you want a change to be normalised, just do it. Don't ask for applause.