This article draws on personal experience with stalking to argue that crises of stability in higher education and institutional problems of hostile workplaces for women, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people are linked issues that work simultaneously to create conditions that push critical feminists out of the academy. Critical feminism as an intellectual and political tradition attracts scholars from marginalized groups, but our personal and scholarly locations combine to place us in more marginal positions within the academy. Critical feminists are more likely to be in teaching intensive positions that are more likely to be cut or threatened; we are more likely to do more emotional labor as a result of these same jobs and, often, our personal attachment to them; we are more susceptible to harassment from students, colleagues, and the outside public as a result of our work; and we are subject to less institutional protection for the same reasons. These factors all contribute to critical feminist exhaustion, and an inability to produce scholarship that would allow us to move on rather than out. This phenomenon has serious consequences not only for our presence in the academy but also for the type of knowledge that is produced as a result.


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