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