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ENG 317: "How Not To Be Gay" (University of Michigan Course Offering)
Townhall ^ | Jan 9, 2008 | Mike S. Adams

Posted on 01/13/2008 5:58:34 PM PST by SeekAndFind

I’ve been studying higher education for a long time, but I’ve never seen anything quite as queer as a new course being taught at the University of Michigan. Section Two of English 317 is titled “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation.” Taught by Instructor David Halperin (halperin@umich.edu), the course is worth three credit hours to Wolverine students interested in exploring learned gayness.

For years, I’ve been hearing that gayness is a function of some sort of gay gene but, apparently, I’ve been over-simplifying the issue. Here’s what Halperin has to say:

“Just because you happen to be a gay man doesn't mean that you don't have to learn how to become one. Gay men do some of that learning on their own, but often we learn how to be gay from others, either because we look to them for instruction or because they simply tell us what they think we need to know, whether we ask for their advice or not.”

When I read Halperin’s remarks, I was concerned that they were a bit phallocentric. But I’m sure the University of Michigan – fine institution that it is – will eventually develop a course called “Learning to be Lesbian.”

Just when I thought that Halperin was approaching gayness from a narrow perspective, I read his description of the course, which assured me that he likes to approach gayness from different angles. (Please, no tasteless jokes. Michigan is a serious place of higher learning). His three course angles include: (1) gay initiation “as a sub-cultural practice”; (2) gay initiation “as a theme in gay male writing”; and (3) gay initiation “as a class project, since the course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand.”

I really don’t know what the class will do to fulfill its “class project” angle but I’m sending a box of condoms to Ann Arbor just to make sure everyone’s protected.

According to Halperin, there is so much more to being gay than just simple genetic wiring. There are a number of “cultural artifacts and activities” that seem to be causally connected with gayness. There are, for example, Hollywood movies, grand operas, Broadway musicals, and other works of classical and popular music, as well as camp, diva-worship, drag, muscle culture, taste, style, and political activism.

Halperin also plans to examine whether there are there are “classically gay” works that appeal to gay men, regardless of generation, class, race, or ethnicity (hint: “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Sound of Music,” or anything starring Leonardo DiCaprio). Halperin will ask what there is about such works that explains their “gay appropriation.” Finally, he will ask what we learn about “gay male identity” by asking what it is that gay men “do or like.” That part should be interesting.

To his credit, Halperin hopes to approach gay identity from the angle of “social practices and cultural identifications” rather than merely from the perspective of gay sexuality. He wants to explain what such an approach can tell people about the “sentimental, affective, or subjective dimensions of gay identity,” which include gay sexuality, without an exclusive focus on gay sexuality. Is this making sense yet? Good.

Halperin’s description of ENG 317 “How to be Gay” has introduced me to some new terms like “disidentification.” Apparently, at the center of gay experience there is more than identification. There is disidentification. This means that almost as soon as a gay man learns how to be gay, maybe before, he also learns how not to be gay. Apparently, he says to himself, “Well, I may be gay, but at least I'm not Richard Simmons!”

But, fortunately, rather than trying to promote one version of gayness at the expense of other versions of gayness, Halperin’s course will seek to create wider acceptance of the different ways people determine how to be gay. In other words, there will be diversity within diversity. Or, perhaps, there will be perversity within perversity.

But Halperin issues a stern warning to potential students - as stern as he can be without disidentifying with his culturally acquired gayness: “This course is not a basic introduction to gay male culture, but an exploration of certain issues arising from it. It assumes some background knowledge.”

Halperin suggests that students wishing to prepare for ENG 317 “How to be Gay” should enroll in an introductory course in lesbian/gay studies. But I think they should just catch up on their shopping, trim their Shih Tzu, and rent “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s not like Michigan is a serious university.

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Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: academia; diversity; education; gay; gayagenda; gayrecruiting; highereducation; homosexualagenda; michigan; mikeadams; perversity; perversityuniversity; publiceducation; um; university
Isn't University of Michigan Ann Coulter's alma mater ?
1 posted on 01/13/2008 5:58:36 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Apparently, he says to himself, “Well, I may be gay, but at least I'm not Richard Simmons!” Photobucket
2 posted on 01/13/2008 6:00:50 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: SeekAndFind

How to be gay?

Hum show tunes and attend Cher concerts.


3 posted on 01/13/2008 6:06:00 PM PST by Signalman
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To: SeekAndFind

I could teach that course if they give me a 6 figure salary. I’m close so they wouldn’t need to pay me for travel time.


4 posted on 01/13/2008 6:06:25 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I pitty the kids who have to weave their way through what this society has become, just to grow up normal.


5 posted on 01/13/2008 6:06:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it “How NOT to be gay” or “How to be gay?” Your title says one thing, the post another.


6 posted on 01/13/2008 6:07:20 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: SeekAndFind
It’s not like Michigan is a serious university.

Yeah and their football team sucks....

8 posted on 01/13/2008 6:12:39 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

9 posted on 01/13/2008 6:14:17 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Drango

Also, go Appie State! lol


10 posted on 01/13/2008 6:15:14 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: SeekAndFind

*** Section Two of English 317 is titled “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation.”***

Perhaps he should start with an intro to the homo “scat” subculture.

NO! NO! DON’T GO THERE!


11 posted on 01/13/2008 6:15:50 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: Brilliant

That’s Dr. Adams title to the piece


12 posted on 01/13/2008 6:18:08 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
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To: Bobkk47
Hum show tunes and attend Cher concerts.

Watch Bravo and moisturize.

13 posted on 01/13/2008 6:18:13 PM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: SeekAndFind
... and (3) gay initiation “as a class project, since the course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand.”

Sounds like you have to be "initiated" in order to pass the course. Three credit hours ain't enough for that.

14 posted on 01/13/2008 6:18:21 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Support global warming ... we midwesterners need a coastline too!)
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To: SeekAndFind

ENG 317: “How To Be Gay”

Gymnasium 101: “How to drop the soap & pick it up again”


15 posted on 01/13/2008 6:22:31 PM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.umich.edu/news/index.html?BG/317descr


16 posted on 01/13/2008 6:24:29 PM PST by RonDog
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To: SeekAndFind
From Ann's site, "MY LIFE" page::

A Connecticut native, Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences, and received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of The Michigan Law Review.

17 posted on 01/13/2008 6:26:28 PM PST by skeptoid (AA; UE; MBS (with clusters))
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if it covers tapping.


18 posted on 01/13/2008 6:26:37 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

Got a kid to donate to this jerk? Who’s kid is it, by the way??


19 posted on 01/13/2008 6:28:59 PM PST by Waco
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To: DoughtyOne
“I pity the kids who have to weave their way through what this society has become, just to grow up normal.”

I’ve got one about to turn 9 ... it’s DIFFICULT.

What used to be normal in now ABNORMAL. If you disagree with the what is really ABNORMAL, then you’re a “bigot”, “intolerant” or a “hater”. It’s tough .. .

20 posted on 01/13/2008 6:35:51 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: SeekAndFind
How Not To Be Gay?

Geesh, how stoopid does one have to be to not know this? Just keep your mucocutaneous junctions from touching another man's lodgepole.

21 posted on 01/13/2008 6:36:03 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: DoughtyOne

Here are more interesting courses for the average $30,000 tuition you pay for college :

http://www.theneweditor.com/index.php?/archives/4920-The-12-Most-Bizarre-College-Courses-in-the-US.html

The 12 Most Bizarre College Courses in the US

In a Los Angeles Times piece, Charlotte Allen goes over this year’s version of “America’s Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses.”

Allen writes:

... too much of American higher education has lost any notion of what its students ought to know about the ideas and people and movements that created the civilization in which they live: Who Plato was or what happened at Appomattox.

Instead of the carefully crafted core programs that once guided students through the basics of literature, philosophy, history and the social sciences, most colleges now offer smorgasbords of unrelated classes for their students to sample in order to fulfill requirements. And the professors stock the smorgasbords with whatever the theorists they idolize tells them is the new new thing.

Why not take a course in “The Phallus”?

You can get the same credit for it as for a course in Greek tragedy.
According to the Times, the list includes the following courses: (seriously)
1. ‘The Phallus’
Occidental College. A seminar in critical theory and social justice, this class examines Sigmund Freud, phallologocentrism and the lesbian phallus.

2. ‘Queer Musicology’
UCLA. This course welcomes students from all disciplines to study what it calls an “unruly discourse” on the subject, understood through the works of Cole Porter, Pussy Tourette and John Cage.

3. ‘Taking Marx Seriously’
Amherst College. This advanced seminar for 15 students examines whether Karl Marx still matters despite the countless interpretations and applications of his ideas, or whether the world has entered a post-Marxist era.

4. ‘Adultery Novel’
University of Pennsylvania. Falling in the newly named “gender, culture and society” major, this course examines novels and films of adultery such as “Madame Bovary” and “The Graduate” through Marxist, Freudian and feminist lenses.

5. ‘Blackness’
Occidental College. Critical race theory and the idea of “post-blackness” are among the topics covered in this seminar course examining racial identity. A course on whiteness is a prerequisite.

6. ‘Border Crossings, Borderlands: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration’
University of Washington. This women studies department offering takes a new look at recent immigration debates in the U.S., integrating questions of race and gender while also looking at the role of the war on terror.

7. ‘Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism’
Mount Holyoke College. The educational studies department offers this first-year, writing-intensive seminar asking whether whiteness is “an identity, an ideology, a racialized social system,” and how it relates to racism.

8. ‘Native American Feminisms’
University of Michigan. The women’s studies and American culture departments offer this course on contemporary Native American feminism, including its development and its relation to struggles for land.

9. ‘”Mail Order Brides?” Understanding the Philippines in Southeast Asian Context’
Johns Hopkins University. This history course — cross-listed with anthropology, political science and studies of women, gender and sexuality — is limited to 35 students and asks for an anthropology course as a prerequisite.

10. ‘Cyberfeminism’
Cornell University. Cornell’s art history department offers this seminar looking at art produced under the influence of feminism, post-feminism and the Internet.

11. ‘American Dreams/American Realities’
Duke University. Part of Duke’s Hart Leadership Program that prepares students for public service, this history course looks at American myths, from “city on the hill” to “foreign devil,” in shaping American history.

12. ‘Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism’
Swarthmore College. Swarthmore’s “peace and conflict studies” program offers this course that “will deconstruct ‘terrorism’ “ and “study the dynamics of cultural marginalization” while seeking alternatives to violence.


22 posted on 01/13/2008 6:41:14 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This is fun folks. Since Core Curriculums are out in college, we might as well invent new and exciting ones for our kids to take ( while asking for more money for tuition ).

ADD YOUR OWN COURSE HERE....


23 posted on 01/13/2008 6:46:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The whole topic is gay....


24 posted on 01/13/2008 7:05:12 PM PST by RachelFaith (Doing NOTHING... about the illegals already here IS Amnesty !!)
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To: Amelia

Public education ping


25 posted on 01/13/2008 7:12:39 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: abclily; aberaussie; albertp; AliVeritas; AnAmericanMother; andie74; AVNevis; bannie; bboop; ...

Public Education Ping

This list is for articles relating to public education.

SoftballMominVA, Gabz and I have been asked to take over the list so that Metmom can concentrate on home schooling issues. If you want on or off this ping list, please FReepmail this month’s keeper of the list, SoftballMominVA.

26 posted on 01/13/2008 7:31:48 PM PST by Amelia (Cynicism ON)
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To: SeekAndFind
homersexuality is a behavior, a learned behavior.
27 posted on 01/13/2008 7:33:09 PM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: SeekAndFind
6. ‘Border Crossings, Borderlands: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration’ University of Washington. This women studies department offering takes a new look at recent immigration debates in the U.S., integrating questions of race and gender while also looking at the role of the war on terror.

How could that be anything other than political indoctrination?

28 posted on 01/13/2008 7:33:41 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: SeekAndFind

Half volunteered, the other half were sucked in.


29 posted on 01/13/2008 7:49:50 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: SeekAndFind

A bunch of mysogynist drivel, IMHO.


30 posted on 01/13/2008 7:51:27 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: SeekAndFind
"Occidental College. A seminar in critical theory and social justice, this class examines Sigmund Freud, phallologocentrism and the lesbian phallus."

Sponsored by...


31 posted on 01/13/2008 7:53:01 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([Fred Thompson/Clarence Thomas 2008!])
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To: SeekAndFind
University of Michigan TRANSCRIPT
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ENG 311: English Literature
ENG 317: "How Not To Be Gay"
ENG 333: Irish Literature
...

Real job winner in that college transcript!

32 posted on 01/13/2008 8:11:24 PM PST by ricks_place
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To: SeekAndFind

Stories like this made the Wolverines awful season more enjoyable than ever. I hope they lose 10 games next year.


33 posted on 01/13/2008 8:15:01 PM PST by montag813
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To: Bobkk47

And go to antique shows...


34 posted on 01/13/2008 8:44:43 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Drango

Are they gay, too???


35 posted on 01/13/2008 8:45:24 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: nmh

That’s why I try to encorage people to home school. It’s just plain nuts what parents have to put up with these days. Good luck to you.


36 posted on 01/13/2008 9:27:32 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: SeekAndFind

In my estimation this is why we’re prime territory for being taken over. It’s part of the reason why our nation can be overrun and very few ‘intellectuals’ find a problem with it.

Their moral compas twirls like second hand gone crazy.


37 posted on 01/13/2008 9:30:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: SeekAndFind

Building self-identity, society, and a political/cultural perspective around the practice of buggery. I expect it won’t be long before one will be able to earn a college degree in Queer Culture.


38 posted on 01/13/2008 9:49:00 PM PST by Spok
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To: Drango
Yeah and their football team sucks....

Tell that to the Gators.

39 posted on 01/14/2008 12:40:51 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: DoughtyOne; SeekAndFind
In my estimation this is why we’re prime territory for being taken over. It’s part of the reason why our nation can be overrun and very few ‘intellectuals’ find a problem with it.(DoughtyOne )
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DoughtyOne,...and....SeekandFind,

After reading all of these posts, you two are the only people on this thread who “get it”. You are the only posters who understand what is behind this indoctrination and where it will lead this nation.

The purpose behind this course is to undermine respect for the very Judeo Christian culture and principles upon which all freedom rests.

What is the underlying movement driving this course? Answer: Marxism and its profound hatred of all things Christian, all that made America great, and the free market.

The major talk show hosts drive me nuts. Marxism is our nation’s most serious threat. Schools are their most important weapon. Why are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill OReilly asleep? Where is Ann Coulter?

In one more generation our country will look like Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. In one more generation our kids will be the voting adults their Marxist masters have thoroughly indoctrinated.

40 posted on 01/14/2008 5:05:09 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Thanks for the response. IMO, George Bush has done more to destroy conservatism, that all the marxists in the nation.

He has given very little attention to conservitive ways since taking office, and now our fellow republicans are perfectly content to nominate someone to the left of him as our presidential candidate.

The folks who thought George Bush was going to be the savior of the republican party have looked on as he destroyed it.

Here we are looking at Rudy or John as our standard bearer. Hell, I could find a democrat to the right of them. This is rediculous.


41 posted on 01/14/2008 8:13:54 AM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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