September 01, 2004

Idle Titles As careful observers

Idle Titles

As careful observers of the intellectual culture wars are no doubt aware, fancy postmodern professors absolutely detest it when journalists advertise the names of academic papers and articles, in order to prove to readers that the groves of academe are home to some pretty strange characters. Readers may remember, for example, a paper delivered at the Modern Language Association called “Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl.”

Well, we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” don’t enjoy anything as much as irking academic radicals. And we mean anything. Even the joys of windsurfing pale in comparison to enraging lefter-than-thou professors.

Accordingly, we, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quartelry,” have decided to devote today’s edition of our humble “weblog” to a thorough trouncing of some titles culled from a periodical produced by tenured radicals. To make matters more trying for our friends on the academic Left, we have eschewed reading these articles, and are content to make fun of the titles alone.

(Well, to be honest, we tried to read one of the pieces, and found it so reader-proof that we gave up on it mighty quickly.)

So, you may be asking yourself, which venerable journal has the crack young staff chosen as its whipping boy? Why, we’re mighty glad you asked. All of the titles that we shall excoriate today come from Volume 14, Issue 3 of “Feminist Teacher.” Yes, “Feminist Teacher”: It’s kind of like The New Republic, only it’s boring and nobody reads it. Oh yeah: And it’s chock-a-block with radical feminist palaver.

Without further ado, then, we proudly present:

“The Hatemonger’s Quarterly” Official Ridiculing of Dunderheaded Titles to Putrid Academic Articles:

1. “White Girl Watching: Reading Eye to Eye” by Gail B. Griffin

Hmmm. White Girl Watching? The male members of the crack young staff have been spending much of their time “white girl watching,” but they never figured it was a worthy topic of scholarly lucubrations. It is comforting to see, however, that Ms. Griffin realizes that reading is done “eye to eye,” as opposed to, say, “ear to ear,” or “fist to rectum.” Thanks for the info.

2. “Teaching about Interlocking Opressions: The Case of HIV and Women” by Donna A. Champeau and Susan M. Shaw

As if it isn’t oppressive enough to have HIV, one can also be additionally burdened by one’s status as a female. Life is tough. Perhaps Ms. Champeau and Ms. Shaw could dilate on the oppression one must endure as a tenured female writing horrendous articles in sub-par journals. We bet they’d have a lot to say about that.

3. “Identities of Race, Class, and Gender Inside and Outside the Math Classroom: A Girls’ Math Club as Hybrid Possibility” by Stephanie Jones

We know what you are thinking, dear reader: “Hybrid possibility”? Come on, Ms. Jones. May we suggest an alternate title? How about “Girls Can also Be Math Nerds”? Or “Loser, Thy Name is Woman”?

4. “Marketing and Teaching a Woman’s Literature Course to Culturally Conservative Students” by Karen Dodwell

Is it just us, or is it crystal clear that this article pertains to the difficulty inherent in proselytizing to students who are less likely to enjoy radical feminist boilerplate? Perhaps Ms. Dodwell (a fitting name, if ever there was one) could simply teach the works of female authors without all the Judith Butler fireworks. But we wouldn’t want to stop her from misusing her academic post as a feminist bully pulpit.

5. “Feminist and Queer Values in the Southern Conservative Christian Classroom: The Case of Jane Austen’s Emma” by Mark K. Fulk

We don’t mean to upset the editors at “Feminist Teacher,” but we have a hunch that Mr. Fulk has written the exact same article as Ms. Dodwell. In addition, how did this evil oppressor (read: male) get to write for the storied “Feminist Teacher”? We’ll have to write the editors and complain vociferously.

Well, dear reader, there you have it. Academia supplies the ridiculous titles and we supply the ridicule.

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