Monday, September 16, 2002

I've already ranted once today, but these college courses are too good to let pass without comment. So much for our self-appointed intellectual class. I know machinists who could dispense more wisdom than these idiot professors.

·Communication students at the University of Minnesota study "Language and Sexual Diversity". This class teaches how language is used in "lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender communities" and the "ways in which sexual diversity affects language use."

Do you get foreign language credit if you’re straight?

·Students can take "Who is Black?" at Harvard University. This course addresses "the social processes through which identities are constructed and changed." The course also discusses "how struggles about who is black take place not only between blacks and whites, but blacks and other racialized groups, and among blacks themselves."

Now, I’d always thought this one was fairly obvious, but I didn’t go to Harvard…

·University of Wisconsin students can study "Daytime Serials: Family and Social Roles". In this course, students analyze "the themes and characters that populate television’s daytime serials and investigation of what impact these portrayals have on women’s and men’s roles in the family and in the work place."

Umm, if you’re home watching this crap, how are you impacting the work place?

·Georgetown University Students can "beam" into "Philosophy and Star Trek". Claiming that there is no better way to learn philosophy than to watch Star Trek, this course asks: "Is time travel possible?" "Could we go back and kill our grandmothers?" and "Is Data a person?"

Forget the crew—Beam ME up.

·Women’s Studies students at the University of Florida will take "Ecofeminism". These students study "western tradition’s naturalization of women and feminization of nature, drawing the conclusion that the domination of women and the domination of nature are intimately connected and mutually reinforcing."

Somehow, in the back of my mind, I think I like this concept.

·Vassar College offers students "Black Marxism". Students learn how "the growth of global racism suggests the symmetry of the expansion of capitalism and globalization of racial hierarchy."

Say what?

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