I heard your classroom teaching “clothes of the 17th-18th century” It sounded like you were obsessed with breasts, and fully made that your focal point to those innocent brains of the all female class.* NO-not all slaves walked around bare breasted, and in fact, few ever did if you researched the truth.** Just why in the hell have you made this your theme in the class instead of talking about basic items, like dresses, suits, dress up ideology in those days.*** You must be one of those liberals trying to start a sex week on campus there?****
And it would have worked too if it weren’t for those meddling C-SPAN 3 cameras!
On a more serious note: my C-SPAN lecture has re-opened my eyes to the power of television. Each weekend my lecture aired, I got 3-4 emails from members of the public, all of which were highly complimentary and/or wanting to engage me on a question or comment that interested the writer (except from the one above, obviously.) Even a cable channel with a relatively modest audience reaches so very many people by comparison to any other public lectures I might give, or my blogging, needless to say.
*For the record, the class had 26 women and 2 men enrolled, and they were all present on the day of the recording. But, you got me, Bruce! I am “obsessed with breasts,” just like almost every heterosexual male scholar. I guess my mistake was historicizing and interrogating that “obsession” instead of just letting it rattle around in my pornographic imagination and/or personal collection like more decent historians.
**I was talking about representations of African American women versus white women, not necessarily their daily lived reality. But thanks for your helpful suggestion that next time I “research the truth.” I’ll bookmark that one, for sure.
***My hell of a reason is that this was class not about clothing, but rather a class on women in American history.
****What is “a sex week on campus?” Seriously. (And who thinks that we need to have a dedicated “sex week” in order for students to think, talk about, or engage in sex? Back in the day, I thought “sex week” was every week in college, but maybe I just had a much better time in college than you did. Quelle suprise.)