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I don't think it's *necessary* to have an accountability partner,, but I do think having a friend or community to co-work with can definitely be helpful.

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Jun 12, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

I don't think it's patriarchal at all. A female friend and I are each other's accountability buddy. I just offered to be one for another female friend just starting on her freelance biz. How is accountability patriarchal? You can call it community, you can call it support. A rose by any other name ... Any gender can partake. It's not like a guy must be the leader of it. That'd be patriarchal.

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Thank you for bringing this book (and perspective) to my attention. I think Mazak is making a very important point here about specific meanings of the word "accountability" and the power relations that are called up by that framing.

It has become common to call any kind of supportive relationship between peers to support writing "accountability", but is that really what all of these models are doing? Sometimes yes. But sometimes those support systems are actually something else, which is what she points out in that second bit you quoted.

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Jun 12, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

Well, I think writing in academia is about community. You are always interacting with other peoples ideas, and putting also your own. It is a balance, and having to work with others requires certain protocols, such as deadlines or APA rules or whatever. The point is, doing a work within a scientific community. I really don't think your aim in academia is going completely “solo”. Not sure also if abiding to requirements is always being under patriarchy's pressure. But sometimes, of course it can be like that.

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Jun 12, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

'Accountability' is another--therapeutised--ideology of our age. it goes along with the myth of self-perfection and the rest. Liberate yourself from it!

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When I reflect on my early years of writing, I did not have an accountability partner, but a peer with whom I shared informally my writing goals for the week. We were encouraging each other. Little did I know that my friends and I were creating accountability circles. We thought we were encouraging each other. Today, I reflect on that experience and realize the value of friendly gesture.

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Jun 13, 2023Liked by Jenn McClearen

I would not call it "necessary", but I think it helps sometimes. Yesterday, I noticed that I forgot to write, and then I posted it on twitter (apologizing to whom?!) and this will remind me to do my writing today (so far not done, but it is only 11.30...).

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