March 06, 2009

I was about to write a post denouncing these GOPers …

… then I delved into the article. Some Republican lawmakers in Georgia (as well as the Christian Coalition) want to ditch “Queer Theory” classes at Georgia State University:

On CNN's American Morning today, Carol Costello reported on Georgia's recent variation of the age-old debate over what should be taught in our schools. Georgia State University is under fire for employing professors who are listed in an annual faculty guide as experts in 'Oral Sex' and 'Male Prostitution.' State Representative Charlice Byrd announced on February 4 that she is starting a "grassroots" effort to oust these professors, AP reported.

"This is not considered higher education," Byrd said. "If legislators are going to dole out the dollars, we should have a say-so in where they go."

Calvin Hill, another State Representative, took issue with the University of Georgia's graduate program(!!) on queer theory. "Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math," said Hill, a vice chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee. He said professors aren't going to meet those needs "by teaching a class in queer theory."

Mindy Stombler is the professor listed as being an expert in oral sex. According to the GSU website, "Her latest research project involves unraveling the power dynamic embedded in the practices of oral sex, particularly cunnilingus, and connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse (particularly messages about oral sex sent through music and other media)."

OK, time for a big WTF. How do you get to become a professor by "connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse??" And how does one get "listed" as being an "expert" on oral sex? By what means does one attain such "expert" status?

At any rate, in these times of [state] financial woes, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect state institutions that get state funding to offer SUBSTANTIVE college courses. As I said at the top, though, based on the article’s title I thought this article was actually about hard-up, extreme right-wing conservatives once again desiring to eradicate all vestiges of anything related remotely related to homosexuality. Moreso, if this was a private college, that would be even more reason to tell these rightists to shut it.

But hell, even our own public school districts have to make course choices when times are tough. So-called “elective” courses like home ec. (now actually dubbed “Family and Consumer Science”), shop (now called “Technology Education”) and even my own area of foreign language are frequently on the chopping block when budgets are tight. In these days of high stakes testing, math, reading and writing get top priority, followed by science and civics. Everything else is superfluous.

I think it's safe to say that college courses in "Queer Theory" meet the "superfluous" definition -- and then some. (And they're not the only such courses by ANY means.) GA legislators have no legal right to axe professors or dictate the college curriculum; however, they do control the purse strings of the state budget -- a budget that's $2.2 billion in the red. That'll certainly give them some voice in the matter.

Posted by Hube at March 6, 2009 03:53 PM | TrackBack

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"Her latest research project involves unraveling the power dynamic embedded in the practices of oral sex, particularly cunnilingus, and connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse (particularly messages about oral sex sent through music and other media)."

To make that proposal, she had to be a very cunning linguist.

Posted by: jef at March 7, 2009 02:25 PM

How can you possibly satirize this?

Posted by: Duffy at March 8, 2009 10:51 AM

You talking to me or jef, Duffy?

Posted by: Hube at March 8, 2009 11:16 AM