It seems that the Humanities take quite a bashing for not being as easily/numerically quantifiable as the sciences.We're taking it in the chin left and right for being about "feelings" and not about things that "cure cancer."
But, in the interest of playing off the stereotype of my studies (Hello non-academics, did you read eight, 200+ page books yesterday? No? Then stfu about the 'value' of my research/field.), I shall talk about my feelings.
I feel my pay does not adequately reflect my economic worth.
I feel tired of being asked if I would rather have part-time work so I can "start a family." I want full time work. Women used to work in the fields and squat down and drop babies out and go back to work, so I think I can manage my time and research to do the same, if I ever so choose to reproduce.
I feel undervalued and underutilized.
I feel I should have known more about graduate school and the true prospects of employment after graduation.
I feel there aren't enough hours in the day to do my awful adjunct job, commute, and research. I want to publish my way out of this hell.
I feel the weight of the world; I feel old.
Most of all, CM, I feel miserable.