Thursday, January 11, 2007

Phallus 101: The competition was stiff....

THE "DIRTY DOZEN" list of "America's Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses" is out — and Los Angeles-area institutions of higher learning have walked away with one-fourth of the ranked honors (or dishonors). Occidental College, an 1,800-student liberal arts school in Eagle Rock, is the only college on the list to collect not one but two citations for excellence at offering trendy theories of gender, skin color and white-male oppression at the expense of actual academic content.

Such a disappointment. Duke only mentioned once. I had high hopes for the course in my own Department, "Politics and the Libido." But the judges were obviously paid off.

I have to admit that I have only limited sympathy for such lists. Some of the courses are actually quite interesting and useful, but have funny titles. Some of the rest...well, I do have limited sympathy for such lists.

But, the "Politics and the Libido" course I mention excellent course. Well-taught, thoughtful, and interesting. Pretending sex does not matter in politics is just as bad as pretending that only sex matters.

Still, some of the courses on the list....unbelievable.


(Nod to EJ)