We have been told that we are without names. But we have been given many names, even as our names escape memory, are mispronounced, forgotten again and again. Speaking out against racism, against sexism, we are told we are:
authoritarian; liberal; old-fashioned; pseudo-feminists
not ready; not used to thinking critically; stupid; not understanding; inadequate; inexperienced
politically correct; complaining; unproductive; wrong; one-sided; irrelevant; disruptive
lying; over-reacting; too sensitive; too upset; angry
These names are powerful tools for silencing accounts of racism and sexism in the university. But they are not our names.