Well, well, well: If all I have to do to drive up my hits is use the word “adjunct” in a headline, why didn’t you tell me sooner? Man, that worked better than calling a certain prominent (and dead) early modern British historian a you-know-what!
For all of you pro-pr0n readers out there, you’ll be just thrilled to know that this blog is getting hits when people google the title of a certain trashy flick that was briefly screened Monday night at the University of Maryland. That’ll teach me to suggest that women shouldn’t be degraded on their own campuses just for kicks, I guess! It’s tremendously entertaining–and sexy!–to watch images of people who must resort to sex work in order to pay the bills. What was I thinking? I know, I know–that’s what women–especially poor women–are for! I keep forgetting. And let’s not also forget: women have no expectation of safety or bodily integrity on most campuses, so why cry about a little spank movie? Clearly, I have no sense of perspective. May I offer you a HandiWipe?
But, there’s (some) other stuff going on that I’m sure you’re desperate to know about, right? Well, here ya go:
- Roxie’s World features an in-depth description of the 30-minute clip and panel discussion of the Pr0n That Shall Not Be Named at the University of Maryland, including links to video clips that provide more information and insight. I agree with Roxie and her moms that we can (in their words) “learn from porn,” and that Monday night’s teach-in was a good example of that. As Roxie says, “this issue quickly got re-framed for us in terms of the deep, broad threat posed by (State) Sen. Harris’ efforts to blackmail the university into doing his bidding.” Fair enough–around these parts we are all too familiar with state legislators and governors poking their noses into university business to make political hay, so I understand the instinct. (Still, I don’t think that a lot of “learning” is happening at midnight screenings on Saturday nights.)
- Civilization as we know it is on a handcar to hell (and thank goodness for that)! Yes–another state (Vermont) legalized gay marriage yesterday. I don’t think even most American historians appreciate how appropriate it is that New England has pioneered marriage equality, when we reflect on colonial New England (which I’m sure you all do quite frequently!) As Cornelia Hughes Dayton demonstrated so well in her 1995 book Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789, New England led the way in the colonial Americas with its liberal divorce laws (well, liberal in that it permitted divorce at all!) because puritans as reformed Protestants didn’t see marriage as a sacrament. It was just another contract among mortals, like so many others, so it could be broken if one party didn’t live up to his or her end of the deal. This stunningly sensible legal insight is one that Historiann thinks has been lost amidst all of the talk of late–by Protestants!–about the “sacred” nature of marriage! Protestants, please: if you don’t want the gays to marry, just say you don’t want them to marry because you hate or fear them, because you like making invidious distinctions among people, or because you fear that you’ll fall into a delicious, seductive, forbidden gay marriage yourself. Don’t turn your back on centuries of Protestant tradition and say that marriage is “sacred!” Civil marriage is an American tradition.
- Now, this is funny! Apostles, apostates–whatEVER!
OK, enough of the angry bulls and sacred cows for me. Your turn, my little matadors! What makes you see red?