Also I need to have a rant about how we talk regularly about bias in class, race, gender, disability, etc. w/r/t who 'succeeds' in academia, but we don't talk *nearly* enough about how MARRIAGE/COUPLING bias is at work here.
The people most poised to succeed in academia these days are either independently wealthy (which is an insignificant fraction) OR people who have another adult financially supporting them, 9 times out of 10 a SPOUSE/ROMANTIC PARTNER.
Academia has always systematically relied on marriage to function. (In ye olden days, wives often acted as defacto unpaid secretaries to their academic husbands)

Today non-academic spouses subsidize unpaid & underpaid academic labor. And they are a primary force in ...
Enabling academic careers that often have to labor for years now before they are paid a livable, consistent salary.

Academia is using marriage to subsidize its poverty-creating labor practices. Married academics will be disproportionately poised for success within this system
For more work on the general invisibility of marriage/couple bias see @belladepaulo 's bibliography.
A convenient link to DePaulo's work :)…

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23 Feb
This little known fact is something that could give insight to a much larger dynamic (that even I hadn't full cottoned on to until today)

Single people are systematically pushed out of academia thru the economic limitations that often req spousal income subsidy...
But this is also true of journalists & even creative writers.

Basically if you make a living writing, you often have to do a lot of unpaid labor & a lot of low paid/inconsistent freelance labor before u build enough of a resume to get a full time steady gig.
Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, the people writing about the world in almost any capacity are disproportionately likely to be beneficiaries of spousal privilege.

That may help explain why bias against single people is uniquely hard to make "visible" in our wider culture
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Not sure how I feel about using the term "snackable TV" to describe these shows. (I would describe them more as "ambient TV") But I do firmly believe they are the future of streaming's business model.
Shows like The Office, Friends, TBBT, are uniquely valuable on streaming b/c people treat them as 1 step above ambient noise. They watch them in the background while they are doing chores or scrolling social media. They watch them ritualistically when they go to bed at night.
They watch them when they are too tired or mentally checked-out to pay much attention. They watch them when they are overwhelmed by streaming's endless library of content, and making a choice feels like too much work. In other words it can act as a comfortable 'default'
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