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A Sociologistís Reality Check
Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 11/03/2010 8:21:54 AM PDT by Academiadotorg

When academics venture off campus, they may take a little longer to notice things than the rest of us. Colgate sociologist Meika Loe seems to have had several such epiphanies.

“For her senior thesis, she decided to get a job at Bazoom’s, a restaurant in San Diego whose concept was based on women’s sex appeal,” Jenn Howard wrote in The Observer at Boston College on October 19, 2010. “The restaurant’s motto was ‘Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.’”

“She took the job to immerse herself in this culture, conducting interviews and doing research along the way.” Most casual observers would have been immersed enough by the name and tagline.

“Loe found that the restaurant normalized sexual harassment in a policalized environment,” Howard wrote. “A high value was placed on women’s sexual work, causing a stigma to be attached to the business.” Such can be the value of a college education: She caught the political part.

Loe had come to BC to discuss her book, The Rise of Viagra: How The Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America. “During her lecture, she noted the fact that although men are generally very uncomfortable talking about Viagra, their discomfort doesn’t stop them from using it,” Howard reported.

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.

If you would like to comment on this article, e-mail mal.kline@academia.org


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: sociology; viagra; womensstudies

1 posted on 11/03/2010 8:21:59 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

Sociology is not a science.

It is not an academic endeavor.

It is the “global warming” of human studies - fit for those D students who are too stupid even for politics.


2 posted on 11/03/2010 8:25:29 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Academiadotorg

She thinks she can find “reality” in a restaurant called Bazoom’s


3 posted on 11/03/2010 8:28:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Academiadotorg

I can’t find a definition for the word “policalize”. I guess it’s not a real word.


4 posted on 11/03/2010 8:41:01 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Da Coyote

Too harsh. Soc WAS a science, brushing up against cultural anthropology (yet quite distinct from the REAL science of physical anthropology). Both SOC and ANTHRO were firebombed in the 70s and 80s by stereotypical, right out of central casting, screeching, hairy, really ugly female hatemongers who roared into college SOC and ANTHRO departments, eliminated all men except for one or two “pet” eunichs, and launched into a hate-fueled carpet-bombing of the formerly scholarly subjects. Schools like UMASS simply eliminated Anthropology and created the School of Feminist Anthropology, in which men were cast as Klingons but with even poorer bathroom and eating habits. It has taken this long for ANTHRO/SOC to recover in part. Part of the destruction of once fine schools like UMass, which, believe it or not, retired undefeated from the GE College Bowl in 1963 (one of only 10 schools to do so in ten years).


5 posted on 11/03/2010 8:41:54 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Da Coyote
Ayn Rand's book, "The New Left," was inspired by a letter from a graduate studen in sociology.

That letter begins with the words:

"Dear Miss Rand: I am a graduate student in sociology at Northern Illinois University and a student of Objectivism .... Actually, what I want to discuss with you is [sic] your writings on the New Left. I have read them all and, in my opinion, they offer the best critical analysis that has ever been written on this movement."

6 posted on 11/03/2010 9:21:38 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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