An appointment procedure for a professorship, I was invited to an interview. Shortly before the interview, a colleague from abroad wrote to me saying he had to speak with me. He had heard that I would have to expect a “hostile committee.” The committee’s plans to chuck me out had apparently gotten around in the scene, even to people more than 1,000 kilometers away. (Although the colleague had had to promise his source not to name them – too scared …) I went to the interview anyway. It was as “hostile” as promised and the job went to a male colleague with a similar profile but not even half as many publications, third-party funding, etc.