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Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 31, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 02/03/2014 10:44:48 AM PST by Academiadotorg

A professor from George Mason University ran a slide show of naked lesbians to accompany her presentation at the Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention in Chicago this year.

Although South Africa legalized gay marriage in 2006, there have been “assaults on black lesbians since then,” according to Rachel Ann Lewis. She did not provide details on those assaults.

Lewis, according to her GMU page, “is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University.”

“Prior to joining George Mason, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Sexualities in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. Her research and teaching interests include transnational feminisms, queer theory, sexuality, race and immigration, and human rights. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Bordering on Desire: The Cultural Politics of Lesbian Asylum. This project explores how lesbian refugees and asylum-seekers are turning towards new media and cultural production in the form of independent filmmaking, theater and performance art, and online activism as a means of resisting deportation. She teaches courses on feminist and queer theories, transnational sexualities, media and popular culture, gender, sexuality and migration, and human rights.”

Lewis spoke on a panel on “Global Human Rights and Sexualities” with Lynn M. Itagaki of Ohio State University at Columbus and Katrina M. Powell of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Itagaki offered a presentation on her research into “bystanders” but was not very clear on which direction it was heading in.

Powell spoke on proposals to close the Virginia Training Centers for the disabled. She suggested that the parents who object to the proposals could “turn to queer theories of normative discourse as a means of keeping them open.”

At the session, the audience outnumbered the three-person panel by one. When I left, they were dead even again.

It’s startling how low a turnout professors get for their exotic interests when they can’t command a captive audience.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: lgbt; mla; southafrica

1 posted on 02/03/2014 10:44:48 AM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg
the audience outnumbered the three-person panel by one

Bad marketing; naked lesbians can usually draw more than that.

2 posted on 02/03/2014 10:50:47 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Academiadotorg

MLA, for when you absolutely, positively have neither talent, creativity, or IQ...but still want to fell important.

And one wonders why our universities no longer enjoy much respect.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 10:51:37 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Academiadotorg

Let’s see ....listen to overpaid professors wax eloquent about everything lesbian, or stay in the dorm and drink beer? How to choose?


4 posted on 02/03/2014 10:52:22 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Except that most lesbians look more like a hippo.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 11:07:56 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Academiadotorg

Although South Africa legalized gay marriage in 2006, there have been “assaults on black lesbians since then,” according to Rachel Ann Lewis. She did not provide details on those assaults.


Free speech can be hurtful.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 12:10:56 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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