I was looking at a course syllabus that purported to represent a bunch of European culture, and had a section on "race, class, and gender" which included two upper class white male writers and two upper class white female writers. In fifteen weeks of readings, those were the only female writers represented.
The "contemporary" section of the course had a single text from the 1960s, the most recently written text in the course by about 20 years. Now I have nothing against really old dead writers, but they're "contemporary" only in geologic time.
I spent time today in this meeting hearing someone opine that Tolstoy was great enough to represent all of human nature, all social classes, etc.
That same person opined that there just weren't people of color in Europe before the 20th century.
Guess THAT will show the Ottomans and the Moors, eh!
Another person said that there just weren't many female writers.
Another person worried that I would be mean in a meeting if his course ever came up and I realized that he taught out of a textbook authored by a male. (Because, you know, I would never teach a text authored by a male.)
I felt like we'd somehow timewarped to a 1950s college meeting.