From Anonymous:

I am a postdoc in a field that requires occasional soldering and minor circuitry. For my PhD I created all my electronic equipment, and have over 7 years experience doing so. Despite this, each time there is a project that requires soldering, and I ask to do so, my advisor says to wait until (male colleague) is in, which usually means waiting several days, since “he knows what he is doing.”  Lately I have stopped asking and just began the work, but when I tell my advisor I’ve finished the project he always has to come “check to make sure it works,” then acts surprised when it works. I’m wondering when he’ll ever accept the fact that yes, I do know what I’m doing.

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