The Pros and Cons of a Female Independent Researcher
(A short Extract from “My Life as I See It”, an Autobiography by Anne Tittensor)
Question – “What do you do?”
Answer – “I am an Independent Researcher.”
There begins a full blown conversation or in most cases a blank look.
Question – “What do you research?”
Answer – “Global Connective stonework, Symbology, Ancient Civilisations and their ancient links to Quantum Physics.”
This answer for the most provides a generic tick list of responses which I now keep in my head with replies for reference.
1. Un-friend or block me on Facebook
2. A bombardment of playful kitty pics on my wall
3. Are you a female?
4. Do you have a PhD?
5. Are you an Archaeologist?/Geologist?
6. Have you been on Ancient Aliens?
7. Do you believe in Ancient Aliens?
8. Have you ever seen a UFO?
9. Have you been abducted by Aliens?
10. What does your husband think of all this? (This one always gets me – WTF? – if I had a husband, he would either support me or not be my husband – please note I say “support” not necessarily agree with me)
11. My favourite came from a Mr M (actually most of you know this ignoramus) – “What the hell could you possibly know about any of this?” – Un-friend – LOL
11. Did you actually talk to Bauval?
12. Is that YOU in that pic?
One of the best comments of all time I received in response to a short Easter Island compilation on Facebook. I was posting my findings on Easter Island with an in situ pic of a Moai with myself for height reference. Here is the actual comment and I quote….
“Photoshop, this person has photoshopped this pic Anne, Sorry, but you should be careful what you post”.
When I told him it was me in the pic, did he apologise? – nope, he un-friended me – there lies the difficulty, it only takes one person to shout “photoshop” and the doubt has been instilled. Compound this with the fact that some of my pics show me caving underground on Easter Island, and the cries of “that’s not really her” etc..start to make my blood boil. I am more than happy to provide airline tickets, a 36000 mile itinerary and if absolutely necessary, I can show you my scorpion bitten ass just to prove, yes, It’s really me.
Just a couple of quotes as examples. These were posted in a Facebook Group (I will refrain from mentioning individuals or Facebook group names, although it would give me great pleasure to do so..)
Quotes by Face Book individuals
“This is a picture I took at the museum in Urfa near to Gobekli Tepe”
Now I realise a lot of folks have travelled to Urfa and a lot of us have the same pics, HOWEVER, this individual made the mistake of NOT photoshopping the pic and my reflection is quite clearly seen in the glass taking the pic – LMAO. Do not get me wrong, I am honoured to have my pics shared and discussed, however……all I ask is that folks give me credit. I ALWAYS credit my sources – ALWAYS!
“Vitrification in Peru as I show by using my friend’s reflection”
Mmmm – I had never met this person or even interacted with him on FB, yet here it was a pic that was actually taken by Jan Peter de Jong of MY hand.
I do love it when I meet some of these people in 3D and they either, ignore me, talk over my head (literally) to my male counterpart, hand me their dirty glass and ask for a refill, pretend I do not exist or simply compliment me on my lovely hamburgers.
It drives me insane and if I was not as “independent” as I am, I would simply lay down and give up. Instead, I have decided to do this – write. They can ignore my research all they want, but once it is down in black and white, it is there in their faces. Hey, just because a serious article or a book says written by Anne Tittensor, does not make it an object to ignore, just pretend it says Jack Smith, there you go, all better now?
Let’s put it this way. I am not the sort of person most males would like to “chat up” in a bar, I was going to say “unfortunately”, but I guess in the long run, that is a good thing? – maybe…… Having condemned myself to this world, I find myself without 3D friends, does this upset me? – actually, yes it does. I would love to interact with someone on a friendly level, someone that doesn’t balk when I open my mouth. I would be more than appreciative of that friendship. I am sure there is someone out there somewhere.
Face Book Lunacy Example
I post a statement on the role of Turkish Contextual Archaeology at Catalhoyuk (with pics taken by myself) on Facebook and receive 15 likes, I post a profile pic of myself drinking a glass of something and receive 85 likes – What the hell is that all about?
Face Book Group Police
“M” (Name not disclosed as I do not wish to upset anyone) – Now here is a good example – what did I post in the “M” Facebook Group? – believe it or not, megaliths and some of my pics – received 52 likes and was banned from the group??!! – Just as a side note….I had been with the “M” group from the start, I know most of the folks in there personally and have even attended conferences in London (paid good money as well). What was the excuse? – I was posting too much and it looked like an advertisment – “this group is for promoting our tours Anne” – well, excuse me for actually providing some hands on research!. I took it on the chin and started my own group, which I am pleased to say has attracted some wonderful people and a load of fabulous research, and no, we do not sell tours…..
The title of this small blog is the Pros and Cons of a Female Independent Researcher. Where are the “pros” – haven’t a clue – if any of you can provide me with any, please PM me or simply post a kitty pic to my wall – I will get the message….
(Pics by Anne Tittensor, Carol Engel, Jan Peter de Jong & Lily de Smet . Hamburger Dress by Kampia)
My Personal Face Book Page : https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Tittensor-Independent-Researcher-114497892223632/