Category Archives: bleeping conservatives

October 20, 2012, 9:42 am

Queer Choices: Marriage Equality At The Crossroads

A change is gonna come.

Ballot initiatives determining the future of marriage equality loom in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, while Minnesotans will vote on banning gay marriage in their state. In these difficult times,  Madwoman with a Laptop (formerly known as The Typist at Roxie’s World) has posted yet another eloquent essay on the topic: “The Unbearable Weirdness of Being Voted On.”

Literate folk will be reminded of a famous essay that begins with this passage:

Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All, nevertheless, flutter round it. They approach me in a half-hesitant sort of way, eye me curiously or compassionately, and then, instead of saying directly, How does it feel…

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August 25, 2012, 9:49 pm

Department of Divine Ocurrences: An SAT Question For the Ages

This section of the test examines your reading comprehension and ability to solve a logical problem.

On September 9 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, televangelist Hal Lindsey of the Trinity Broadcasting Network observed that it seemed

clear that the prophetic times I have been expecting for decades have finally arrived. And even worse, it appears that the judgment of America has begun. I warn continually that the last days lineup of world powers does not include anything resembling the United States of America. Instead, a revived Roman Empire in Europe is to rule the West, and then the world.

But what were the specifics of God’s distress?  On September 12, the Reverend Pat Robertson, host of the Christian Broadcasting Network, founder of the Christian Coalition, and erstwhile presidential candidate, speculated that the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina was payback …

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August 22, 2012, 1:52 pm

When An Evangelical Christian Candidate Sneezes, The GOP Catches A Cold

It’s not allergies — my fallopian tubes are spasming to prevent conception!

This is my hope, at least, following Representative Todd Akin’s (R-MO) recent explanation that women who have been “legitimately” raped don’t get pregnant, and hence have no need for abortions. These words prompted a call by GOP conservative kingmakers for Akin to voluntarily withdraw from a key race against Senator Claire McCaskill, which he has (rightly) refused to do.

What Akin actually said, according to a Sunday news interview transcribed by the WaPo, was this:

“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some…

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March 2, 2012, 6:31 pm

In Case You Missed Rush Limbaugh Calling Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke A Slut

Here it is.

Watching Rush Limbaugh makes me think that the problem with the culture wars is that we on the feminist left spend too much of our energy protesting that we aren’t in a culture war and too little time getting our hands dirty fighting it.

Seriously, Republican Party:  you are going to tell *all* women who want and need access to birth control that they are “sluts” and still expect any woman to vote Republican? Do you expect the men who are in relationships with these women to vote Republican? Have you lost your freaking minds?

Well then, bring it on, boys. Just bring it on. I mean, even Ann Coulter uses birth control.

Addendum: Does anyone but me think it is odd that this obscene Rush Limbaugh clip is preceded by an ad for Disney’s Magic Kingdom?

November 23, 2011, 12:09 pm

Radical Thanksgiving II: the Top Ten Turkeys for 2011

Back in 2007 I gave out awards to institutions and individuals in education who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to make turkeys out of themselves during that calendar year.  At the time, I imagined that this would be an annual event.  What was I thinking?  That the Tenured Radical blog would collapse and I would never have to write such a long post again?  That I would give up academia for a well-paid job as a writer for Rachel Maddow?

I dunno.  But four years later, here we are at the Chronicle of Higher Education feeling inspired by the year’s hijinks. The task of giving awards is also less burdensome than you might imagine: after all, while every year in education has its turkeys, consistency would require that we only do this again in 2015.  So with that, we will start with Turkey #10 and proceed to the Big Turkey in the #1 spot (as I write, the committee is…

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August 2, 2011, 9:50 am

It’s Tuesday, It’s Hot: You Need Shorts

For those of you who are new to Tenured Radical, you should know that people send us stuff all the time.  Little stuff, big stuff, stuff that goes viral as a featured post and other stuff that we just save and kick out every once in a while with other stuff we like.  So without further ado, today’s stuffed shorts are:

Moonlight, Magnolias and Marriage Myths. In today’s Grey Lady, Princeton historian Tera Hunter has a superb op-ed about the ways in which Republican right-wingers are re-writing the history of slavery to suit modern political agendas.  The excising of the 3/5th clause in the Constitution during a Republican reading of that document on the House Floor, and the outrageous assertion in a document authored by Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum “that ‘a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than…

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July 26, 2011, 6:33 pm

Who Needs A Faculty Advisor When You Can Have An Adaptive Advising Tool?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving Tennessee a $1 million grant to help college students take the most efficient steps to a degree. The grant will fund a new computerized advising program….The computer software looks at students’ transcripts and experience and suggests areas the student may be interested in – and the courses to take to follow that path. Joe White, Nashville Public Radio, July 26, 2011

When the neoliberal education professionals adjunctified higher education, I always wondered how they were going to solve the problem of not having full-time faculty available to actually meet with students. Now we know:  getting a good grade in a course will be similar to clicking “Like” on Facebook; students can be advised by a computer to take other courses like that one.  Thanks to the Gates Foundation, students at Austin Peay State University will also be…

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April 21, 2011, 10:19 pm

Please Don’t Flame The Students: Or, How (Not) To Interact With Young Conservatives

Ellen Lewin, Professor of anthropology and gender studies at the University of Iowa, has become the object of unwelcome attention in the past several days.  After having received numerous emails from the Iowa College Republicans advertising various liberal-needling events, Lewin snapped.  The author and co-editor of numerous valuable books and anthologies in lesbian and gay studies replied:  “F**CK YOU, REPUBLICANS!”

Oh, the emails we wish we could take back.  Read about it in the Des Moines Register, and view the original emails here

What is OK — and not OK — to say to students?  Let me speak from experience, having never sent a written message to a student or group of students that was as elegant in its simplicity as Lewin’s.  Last fall I did write a much longer email to one of the students responsible for the “affirmative action bake sale” held at Zenith on October 29 2010. This…

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March 30, 2011, 4:25 pm

What’s Cookin’ In Higher Ed? The Race To Become The Stupidest State In The Union

Do I smell a conservative advocacy group in Florida too?

A young friend of ours recently visited a public college which we at Tenured Radical have admired for years.  S/he reported conversations with undergraduates about the effects of the persistent defunding of higher ed in that state, and the ways in which defunding has diminished a quality liberal arts education that people with very little money still have access to.  A prominent problem, in the view of students there, was incessant faculty turnover due to low salaries, poorly maintained library collections and the erosion of benefits. In turn, the constant loss of faculty  made it difficult to establish mentoring relationships, get recommendations for graduate school, or do senior honors work with faculty who had helped them develop the research and had planned to advise it.

The notion that college teachers are as interchangeable as …

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March 10, 2011, 4:00 am

If A Pirate Wants To Donate $5 Million To Your “Liberal” Arts School, What Should You Do?

“HARRGH!  We’re looking for University Relations! HARRGH!”

You might want to wonder if that pirate has a camera hidden in his blunderbuss before you say a word.  Whatever you do, don’t chat him up and think maybe once he really gets to know you he’ll build a Women’s Center instead of a Center for Swashbuckling Studies, because he could be a Republican in disguise.  Those little jokes about peglegs are going to be awfully embarassing once the Disabilities Studies folks see them in the New York Times.

I never thought I would have to give this career advice, but I would feel remiss if I did not do so at this moment in history.  In the wake of conservative activist James O’Keefe’s most recent effort to help defeat the thugs Republicans are saving our country from – women, the poor, and intellectuals — I just want to know: why did Schiller, the president of fund raising at NPR, not even have …

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