“Marginalized, sexualized, and pitted against each other since time began”

Rebecca Traister, who wrote Big Girls Don’t Cry, the single best book about the 2008 Democratic primary contest, has written about Monica Lewinsky’s essay in Vanity Fair, and has supersmart things to say about our tendency to cherchez les femmes instead of placing the blame for men’s poor behavior where it belongs–on the men.  Instead of … Continue reading “Marginalized, sexualized, and pitted against each other since time began”

Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

I just received a telephone solicitation from a student at Baa Ram U. to donate money to support programs at Baa Ram U.  I realize that because the Democratic politicians in my state (who have been running the show for the last nine years!) are so gonad-free that state colleges and universities are literally going … Continue reading Giving to the office at the office: are you f^(king kidding me?

Memo to Dems and CSU-P faculty: you need a little F.U.

Hilarious headline at The Daily Beast by Dean Obeidallah:  “Dems Need to Channel ‘House of Cards’ Frank Underwood” in order to try to avoid electoral disaster this fall.  Actually, the headline was the only amusing part of that article; if only we had Democrats as tough as Frank!  The rest of the article is full … Continue reading Memo to Dems and CSU-P faculty: you need a little F.U.

Identity politics + aggressive ignorance = teh stupid

Reza Aslan defends himself against charges of “bias” in his new book on Fox News by pointing out that he is a prominent scholar who writes about many religions.  Slate says that “this may just be the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview on Fox News:” Fox News anchor Lauren Green had religious scholar Reza Aslan … Continue reading Identity politics + aggressive ignorance = teh stupid

When you see Count MOOCbot, scream and run away!

Daniel Luzer on Jeffrey J. Selingo’s College (Un)bound:  The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students, in a review entitled “Revolution for Thee, Not Me:” [I]f we’re expanding access to college through alternative, technology-based systems, is this really expanding access to college or providing a different experience entirely? Perhaps the biggest flaw … Continue reading When you see Count MOOCbot, scream and run away!

Colorado Dems lead the way on gun safety legislation; who will follow?

The Colorado House passed four bills today: • House Bill 1229 requiring background checks for all gun transactions; • House Bill 1226 banning concealed weapons on campuses; • House Bill 1228 instituting a fee for gun buyers to cover the cost of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to perform background checks; and • House Bill … Continue reading Colorado Dems lead the way on gun safety legislation; who will follow?

Hillary Clinton still too old, sick, and worst of all, unattractive

As I predicted earlier this week, the sneering, sexist dismissals of Hillary Clinton are back, baby.  And just like in 2007 and 2008, it’s not right-wingers leading the charge–it’s people on the so-called “progressive” side of things.  Meghan Daum writes in the Chicago Tribune today: Clinton’s finale could hardly have been more dramatic. After falling … Continue reading Hillary Clinton still too old, sick, and worst of all, unattractive

Oxycodone addict and member of notoriously drunken rich clan with fortune built on bootlegging opposes decriminalization of pot

  I can’t make this stuff up. Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former oxycodone addict. Kennedy, 45, a Democrat and younger son of Edward Kennedy, is leading … Continue reading Oxycodone addict and member of notoriously drunken rich clan with fortune built on bootlegging opposes decriminalization of pot

That time of the year: empty brains, embodiment, Bartleby, and the mooks pushing MOOCs

This is a cross-section of my skull right now.  Last classes are tomorrow. I am grateful to MOOCs and to the specter of online courses for something:  they have made me grateful for the “residential instruction” classes I teach and the embodied human students who enroll in them.  I’ve had a particularly great group of … Continue reading That time of the year: empty brains, embodiment, Bartleby, and the mooks pushing MOOCs